First, I wanted to tell you that the generosity of this community has inspired our clients and us to reach for something highly improbable, if not downright impossible.
At the beginning of this year, it was improbable for this mom to believe that she would be in her own place, with her children, preparing to have Thanksgiving dinner together for the first time anyone can remember.
Through your generosity, this mom had a safe place to land after incarceration. As she began the process of re-building her shattered life, she could only dream about completing the 1-year LIFE program, getting a job, staying sober and having a safe place to re-unite her family after regaining custody of her children.
At the beginning of this year, it was improbable for these women to believe it possible to finish a high school equivalency program, and then fall in love with learning.
Through your generosity, and the confidence placed in the Doors of Hope program by corrections officials and county commissioners, this year the Therapeutic Community program has helped
over fifty women
prepare for life after incarceration. This program is now being studied by neighboring counties as a model for reducing recidivism and helping clients re-enter society successfully.
One mom thought it highly improbable that she would be able to read a bed-time story to her little boy for a very long time. While she was in our TC program, she was able to read a story and have it recorded so that he could hear her voice every night at bedtime. Corrections officials know the importance of women being able to stay connected to their children, lessening the impact of the separation that can be so devastating to parent and child.
This mom is now back at home with her little one and doing extremely well. Thanks to your generosity, for making sure she had a place to call home when it was time for him to come back home.
On behalf of these women and dozens more, I want to say thank you for your part in making the improbable happen.
Your generosity has also inspired us as an organization to reach for the highly improbable. We are currently working toward purchasing yet another property, increasing our capacity so that even more women being released will have a safe place to work on becoming the best possible version of herself that she can be, women who need hope and help, encouragement and empathy.
Your support at the Firefly Supper and throughout the year makes these highly improbably situations become possibilities, and visions of growth become reality, for our clients and for this organization that advocates for them and helps empower their success.
On behalf of our very grateful clients and their families, thank you. On behalf of our staff and volunteers, we are so grateful for the opportunity to impact positive change in our community. On behalf of our board of directors, we couldn’t possibly do this without you.