Nearly six years ago, while 5 months pregnant with her first child, Brita was diagnosed with aggressive stage 2 breast cancer. When conventional treatment failed, she turned to alternative therapy and was soon cancer free. Two years ago, she found another lump. While trying to physically heal, she grew severely depressed, and it became clear to her that she had been focused on making everyone around her happy at the expense of her own needs. Recognizing that she would die if she didn’t make some drastic changes, and that she wanted her own daughters to grow up to be strong and healthy women, Brita made the difficult decision to separate from her husband of eleven years and move home with her parents so she could figure out her next steps. Realizing that her relationship had been broken for a long time, she focused on her physical healing. With a current diagnosis of stage 4, metastasized breast cancer, Brita writes “I am working with a therapist to figure out where I lost my power and how to love myself enough to start drawing healthy boundaries and regain my body’s trust so it knows I will never forsake it again. […]
When Kelly heard Glennon say, “Find what breaks your heart and that will be your purpose,” she knew she needed to serve NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) families. Both her children, born three years apart, spent time in the NICU. She told us, “It’s a parent’s nightmare to see your child fighting to live and feel so helpless.” So in 2014, Kelly started a parent support group on Facebook for the parents at her local hospital. Out of that love project, she founded Mommy Hubbard’s NICU Cupboard, NFP, a non-profit that provides care packages to each new family as they are admitted to the NICU and on holidays. The packages are full of journals, snacks, hand lotion, and hand sanitizer, and more. The packages represent hope and love, and show these warrior families that we see them and cherish them. Recently, through Together Rising, you sent Kelly a $3,000 grant to fuel her work for these warrior families, and you spent an additional $2,000 to provide critical items for the NICU in her community. Ashley, a Together Rising volunteer, worked directly with Kelly to determine the supplies most critically needed by the hospital. Kelly spent Easter of 2014 […]
Together, with your donations, we continue to support US homeless youth organizations like the Ruth Ellis Center. The Ruth Ellis Center provides short and long-term residential safe space and support services for homeless youth. This organization is a top innovator for addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. They provide outreach and safety-net services, individual, family and group counseling and case management, skill building workshops, HIV prevention, primary health care, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and family preservation programming. The Ruth Ellis Center is the only state-licensed and contracted residential foster care facility specifically for LGBTQ youth in the Midwest. Your donations helped to fund Ruth’s Pantry, a food distribution program that provides access to healthy food and safe space for all homeless youth to create opportunities for a better life, specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Ruth’s Pantry prepares food backpacks for their Drop In Center — a free, safe, and meaningful space to access food that best facilitates opportunities for youth to focus on healthcare, behavioral health, housing, and development of workforce skills. The Ruth Ellis Center shared with us this story: It was a typical Wednesday […]
Thank you for helping us support vital domestic programs like Casa Youth — a temporary shelter for runaways and youth in crisis. Located in Los Alamitos, California, the shelter provides a supportive environment with family reunification as a primary goal. Casa Youth Shelter shared with us some of their residents’ stories. You are supporting young women like “Samantha” and helping them change their future. Samantha is a 16 year old sexual exploitation victim brought to Casa Youth Shelter by the Department of Homeland Security. Samantha didn’t come from an abusive home. She wasn’t on drugs. She is a kid who got caught up in a nightmare. Samantha ran away from her parents’ home in Oakland, California after an argument with her mother. She wasn’t sure what she would do next, but Samantha felt she had to get out, so she ran away. Shortly after leaving home, Samantha met up with an older man who offered to give her a ride to Southern California. He seemed like someone she could trust, so she accepted the ride. A thousand times since that moment she has played her decision over and over. There are no words to describe how much she regrets that choice. Half […]
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