We’ve always known how important our work is, but 2020 showed just how many families are at risk of losing everything. It would have been easy for a family to fall through the cracks. It would have been easy for them to fall behind. But they didn’t at Saranam. Here is our wonderful Director of Development, Dianne Campbell, to tell us why we need your help to bring in 10 new families to Saranam in 2021.
Imagine being a parent in 2020 who was facing homelessness in the middle of a pandemic. As a mom, I can think of few things more frightening. Last year, 10 families confronted this but were able to find refuge at Saranam. We want to do it again.
As I look back on the year, I’m so proud of how we maintained our commitment to our families with the pandemic raging around us. Whenever I was asked in 2020 how we were doing, I could honestly say we were doing the exact same things we always do, just from home- and so were our families. We shifted to all our classes online, we did contactless drop-off of supplies and we moved our community to Zoom. In short, we removed families’ immediate worries, so they just had to focus on their education and health- just like the rest of us. We, and our families, remained stable and kept moving forward.
It wasn’t easy, by any means, for any of us. But there have been so many times this year that I have told family and friends how lucky I feel to come to work every day.
I feel so fortunate to be in a place where in two years, you can see folks totally turn around their lives for themselves and their kids.
This is why I love my job- it matters so much.
The reality is that the pandemic could have been the start of another 10 cycles of generational poverty. But it wasn’t. In fact, we had an 85% success rate in 2020. And 25 families- 28 adults and 54 children- are safe because of you.
This spring, I invite you to help us do it again. I ask you to become a part of our Building Foundations for Life- We Thrive annual campaign. Each year it is this campaign that enables us to bring in 10 new families. Our goal is to raise $350,000. That’s just $35,000 for everything a family would need for a year.
Every little bit helps. We’re happy to announce that we have been given TWO challenge gifts to support entire families. That means this is your chance to help FOUR families erect the foundations of their new lives at Saranam.
So, we challenge YOU to reach out to a friend, spread the word, and plant the seed of change today. We stuck together in 2020, and if we work together as a community, we can change the lives of another 10 families in 2021. Thank you for your support and being a part of the Saranam family.