Jonathon, Sam and Emily along with their parents Charlotte and Rob were homeless—or practically homeless. This family of five had just moved to our area and were living in a burned-out trailer with no heat. It was winter. Charlotte and Rob and their three beautiful children had taken to huddling together on the living room floor in order to stay warm at night. That’s when they found Bridges of Hope.
It occurred to me today, that all too often, we begin our Moments of Hope by talking about the parents and other adults we serve. In reality, we serve far more children each year than adults. Of course, children can only exist within the context of a family and, in cases like Jonathon, Sam and Emily’s, can only thrive through YOUR generosity as a donor to Bridges of Hope.
The story continues...A Family Service Worker at Bridges of Hope helped the family locate an affordable apartment. As Jonathon, Sam, Emily and their parents prepared to move in, the landlord’s mother, inspired by the strength of these children, wanted to lend her help as well. She paid their entire deposit, and once the family was all moved in, she brought a Christmas tree for the family and gifts for the children, to welcome them to their new home.
As we prepare for fall and winter here at Bridges of Hope, we anticipate a significant increase in calls for assistance; about 45% of our annual work load will likely be distributed between now and the end of the year. With the rising cost of utility bills and high unemployment rates, the upcoming months are looking bleak for some Lakes Area children.
The good news? You can help! From 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28th until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5th, the Otto Bremer Foundation is matching donations made to Bridges of Hope up to $6,000. Can you help us make a difference in the lives of more children like Jonathon, Sam and Emily? Click here to makes your 100% tax-deductible donation to Bridges of Hope during the Bremer Give-to-the-Kids Challenge.
Once again, thank you for helping us build bridges!