Earlier in the year, we introduced you to a slice of heaven in Indiana called Camp PossAbility — a camp that exists to give young adults with physical disabilities a week to empower the mind, body, and spirit with outdoor adventure, emotional support, friendship and fun. Lauren, the head of Camp PossAbility, wrote to tell us about some young adults who wanted and needed the opportunity to attend the camp, but could not because of a lack of funding. Through your giving to Together Rising, you provided $10,000 — including $5,000 worth of grants to allow these young adults to attend the camp, and $5,000 worth of items to make the camp experience that much more safe, rich and rewarding for these brave warriors. This summer, because of your generosity, we were able to give more young adults a safe place to relax, spend time with friends, and build their confidence in the sacred space of Camp PossAbility. We received this message from Lauren and Camp PossAbility a few weeks ago: “So thankful for our friends at Together Rising who helped provide medical equipment, supplies, and camper scholarships for camp week 2017. Thanks to their generosity […]
Do you know someone in your life who you’d like to help get rising? Christine did, and wrote to us about her dear friend Raquel. In her words: “Raquel has been in my life since I was in the 4th grade, when she became my mom’s hairdresser. Her laugh is infectious. She has been dealt some rough cards, but has never let that dampen her spirit…. Her youngest daughter has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is wheelchair bound, and her prognosis is not a good one. Raquel is her champion. She puts her own health, sleep, happiness in the backseat for her children…She works tirelessly in her community for other children with illnesses too, and everyone who meets her is warmed by her light.” Christine asked for Together Rising’s help to show Raquel that she is SEEN by her tribe, and to give Raquel a precious, unforgettable time of respite that she so desperately deserved. Our team provided Raquel and her friends with amazing Orioles tickets behind home plate that were donated, a dinner at an Inner Harbor restaurant, and a weekend stay all together in a suite at a waterfront hotel. Christine reported back that they “laughed all […]
Sarah’s favorite shirt reads “Shine Bright” — which is a pretty accurate description of the way she shows up in the world. At the age of 26, Sarah had already accomplished more than most people dream of in a lifetime, including working in prison systems teaching convicted felons how to read, participating with Alternative Directions Americorps program, and volunteering for the CHIP mentoring program to engage the children of incarcerated parents. For all these amazing efforts, she received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in the State of Maryland for her volunteer work. Along with her community engagement, her friends describe her as having a “magical gift of knowing how to come alongside and support her friends who are moms in ways that we never even knew we needed.” Now, Sarah is getting her Masters in Social Work so she can continue to change the world. Her friend Lindsey reached out to us to nominate Sarah for our sHEROES Love Flash Mob and let her know that her exceptional work is seen. Our team partnered with Trader Joe’s to put on a surprise lovefest for Sarah, complete with a donated bag of groceries, a $300 Trader Joe’s gift card, and […]
Do for one, what you wish you could do for everyone. – Andy Stanley This past holiday season, Casey reached out to Together Rising. Casey was having a holiday party, and instead of exchanging gifts together with her friends, she wanted to connect with a family to shower with love. Through the Holiday Hands program, we met Lalania, an adoptive mom of two amazing children, Elijah and Sadie, who were both born with extreme drug exposure in utero. As a result, Elijah had extreme brain bleeding, and the doctors were unsure if he would ever walk or talk. Today, Elijah is on the autistic spectrum and Lalania describes him as an “amazing young man – strong and funny and so talkative.” Sadie is a sweet girl and loves taking care of her brother. After a period of unemployment, Lalania struggled to pay her family’s medical bills, leaving the budget scarce for holiday gifts. The family received shoes as part of our Holiday Hands program, but our team at Together Rising was thrilled to get Casey’s email offer. We connected the family with Casey, and as a result, her party was able to send $650 worth of gift cards […]
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