Some years are just harder than others, aren’t they? 2014 was a HARD YEAR for our Mary and her six year old daughter, Alice. Over the course of a year they lost family, Mary’s job, and in September, Alice’s dad decided to cut ties and walk away. It’s too much, really. Mary, like all mama warriors, is capable of doing hard things- but some hard things are more difficult to live with than others. Finding herself out of work, and without support, Mary had to start making those hard choices about what extras to cut. She made the painful decision that they could no longer afford Alice’s karate lessons. Karate is important to Alice. As Mary said, “Her training has helped her tremendously. It gives her focus, and drive, and it has been the glue that holds her together week to week… I cannot bear to see her lose anything else.” Neither could we. We were so moved by this warrior mama’s love for her daughter, we knew we wanted to help. Because of your generosity, Together Rising was able to provide Mary with the $800 she needed to keep Alice in the karate lessons she so loves, and a […]
A Guest Post from Together Rising Community Member and Volunteer, Katherine Welch. I stood on the edge of the soccer field, three boys in tow and camera in hand, and I spotted her across the field, bundled against the fall chill, the bounce in her step immediately recognizable even though we had never before met. As she turned around, her eyes met mine, and she crossed the field toward me. But she stopped. “Sunny?” “Katherine.” We tentatively stepped toward each other, and we hugged. Hug. That word doesn’t come close to capturing that moment, that moment when one who has laid bare her soul meets the one who has opened herself to receive it. I was there to give and to receive that hug, to feel the warmth, but when I remember it, I often feel like I’m hovering above those two women, looking down, not unlike how I imagine the One who orchestrated that moment might have viewed it. A few months after I found the Momastery community, the first Holiday Hands was announced. I was feeling a new sense of urgency to give in a more meaningful way, a way that Together Rising has since helped me to […]
“I’m not really sure how to even start this, this whole putting my pride aside thing is really hard for me.” We get that. We really, really do. But we are so grateful that Stephanie found the strength and bravery to ask for the help that she needed. For years she endured violence in her relationship. It is a terrible thing not to feel safe in one’s own home. When her husband left her he took everything of monetary value, cleaned out their bank account and never looked back. Finally free from his abuse, she found herself unemployed, destitute and needing to care for her two precious Littles, both of whom have special needs. That would bring most people to their knees- but our Stephanie is a Warrior. She picked herself up, found work cleaning houses and continued to take care of her children. She also, in true Monkee fashion, found a way to use the difficulties she’d endured to help other women in similar situations by starting a not-for-profit. Amazing. Amazing people need help sometimes. This hard working mother is doing everything she can, as she put it, “to make ends meet, but they never meet.” She wants what […]
Jessica wrote to Together Rising, asking for help for her sweet 8 year old daughter. She says, “I have been my daughter’s only parent her entire life.” Between the noble work of single parenting, and her full-time job, we knew Jessica was burning the candle at both ends to make ends meet. For Jessica, her career in social work provided for her daughter’s needs until she got a troubling report from her daughter’s dentist. Her daughter would need over $3,000 in dental work to avoid frightening corrective jaw surgery later in childhood. You can imagine Jessica’s heartbreak to learn the necessary dental work was not covered, even in part, by Medicaid. As Jessica poured over her budget to find the funds for this necessary procedure, she shared, “I work as a social worker full time, but the money is just not there. My “leftover” money totals less than $150/month, which has to cover both gas and groceries. I am SO BLESSED to have even that amount for the necessities.” But it’s not enough. Not enough for this critical procedure, and not enough to save her daughter from a series of painful and threatening dentist visits in the future. Monkees, this […]
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