About a month ago, a request came into our inbox from Camp PossAbility and quickly captured our hearts. From the Bradford Woods of Martinsville, Indiana, Camp PossAbility serves young adults with physical disabilities, ages 18 to 35. All campers have a physical impairment that requires a wheelchair for mobility. The camp’s mission is to give these young adults a safe place to relax and spend time with friends without having to worry about adapting to the world around them. In 2016, Camp PossAbility’s 2nd year, campers and volunteers attended from 10 different states. The camp hopes to continue to grow so that more and more young people find safety, healing, and friendship with others who best understand what they are going through. They hope to further create an environment for their campers to feel comfortable and empowered to realize their potential. So far, they have seen great results. But like many newer organizations, Camp PossAbility could benefit from a boost. Lauren, the camp’s CEO, works entirely on her own time, as do all staff and volunteers. They are a dedicated group working together to make Camp PossAbility the best experience possible for their campers. Lauren told us that […]
This year, we raised $275,000 for US homeless youth organizations. Thank you for warming and lighting the world, Love Warriors, for helping take care of homeless youth here in America. We feel this potential for us there. These young people filled with hope and talent and promise — these artists and geniuses and poets and athletes and future activists living on the streets. Nope. We NEED them. So we’ve got to help. Together, we are supporting amazing programs like Youth Villages’ LifeSet. Entering adulthood, choices about education, employment, relationships, and health can be overwhelming. Since 1999, LifeSet has helped provide the most vulnerable young people with the support they need to realize their own amazing potential. The program has one simple tenet: We believe in the potential of every single kid to become an incredible adult. A successful transition to adulthood includes maintaining stable and suitable housing, remaining free from legal involvement, participating in an educational/vocational program and developing the life skills necessary to become a responsible citizen. Youth Villages’ LifeSet program works not only with former foster youth and other vulnerable young people but also with their support systems to help ensure a more […]
I know that everything is scary right now. I just keep reminding myself that the two most often repeated phrases in my holy text are DO NOT BE AFRAID and REMEMBER. Our human family is dismembered—like a scattered puzzle. We must re-member. We must rise above our fear and come together. Even when we are afraid. We all have fear. But fear does not have to be where we set up camp and live. We can allow fear to become but a flicker. We can feel it, and then rise above it again and again. There is a place above our fear we can keep returning to again and again and that place is love. Fear is real but it is not the boss of us. Love is the boss of us. Last Wednesday, in six hours, this incredible community fulfilled the wishes of 700 families through our annual Together Rising Holiday Hands effort. This year, these families will walk around feeling held. Instead of turning the news back on tonight, sit down with your families and read some of the Holiday Hands needs you met for strangers. You’ve got two wolves fighting inside of you: Love and […]
We receive beautiful and heartbreaking emails each and every week. You share your stories and your loved ones’ stories with us. Thank you. Maria wrote to us about her friend, Rebecca. They met in an online support group for people trying to conceive after loss. Just before Christmas 2014, Rebecca gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Kieran. She described, “He was big and healthy, and we took him home from the hospital as proud parents.” Within days of coming home, he became sick and was treated for jaundice, but had bacterial meningitis caused by E. coli. Kieran fell into a coma and never woke up. Rebecca wrote, “All of the light and color in our life went with him. We have found some color again in the last year by planting flowers at his grave, tending them, and trying to make it nice for his memory. It has been therapeutic for us.” When Maria wrote to us earlier this year, she shared, “I was saddened to learn recently that Rebecca and her husband haven’t been able to afford a memorial stone for Kieran’s grave, and that dear Rebecca feels guilty about this.” They had found a peaceful place for their son at […]
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