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October 28, 2020
Dear friend, 

We recently asked one of our mothers, "what makes you happiest these days"? She answered:
"My kids are PROUD of me! They've taken 3 steps forward- they're adjusted, they're happy."

We often talk about the achievements of adults in our program- the GPA they earn, the car they can finally purchase- but the growth of the kids is just as meaningful.

The reality is that adults aren't the only ones affected by homelessness. Children who have experienced homelessness:
* experience 3 times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems
* are 4 times more likely to show delayed development
* have 2 times the rate of chronic and acute illnesses

But they also aren't the only ones transformed by ending homelessness.

The changes children undergo at Saranam are often more subtle- learning to play outside with friends, sleeping in their own bed, or talking about their feelings- but the impact is enduring and pivotal to their family's success.

It seems simple, but kids' ability to simply enjoy their childhood inspires their parents to keep reaching. Their drive comes not just from knowing that their kids are safe, but that they have a future.

"I want them to have goals- to know that they can do whatever they want to do. I want them to see me struggle but also succeed."- Mother pursuing nursing at Saranam

This kind of growth is on the front of our minds this month, when we would normally gather to celebrate the life and memory of our dear friend, Sean Hopkins. Among many things, Sean was a coach and mentor and he cared deeply about making sure kids felt supported and valued. 

Kids in our program continue to feel his passion through our integrated family programming and through opportunities like the Sean Hopkins Memorial Fund, which enables kids to reap the benefits of sports and extracurricular activities. This program helps dozens of families recapture this fun, critical part of their childhood every year.
 
"I love to take my son to swimming lessons and watch him interact with everyone... he made new friends and became a great swimmer. The privilege of having "a normal life" is something I sincerely appreciate."- Saranam alumni
 
Creating opportunities for families to heal, to learn and to thrive together is what we support with our fall campaign. Generational change begins here at Saranam, and for kids, that change starts with a hug and a laugh.

We invite you to invest in that laughter and the legacy that it helps to build for their family.

Change a family's future and donate today

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Contact Dianne Campbell at:
saranam.dianne@gmail.com or (505) 934-9110

  Eyes on the Future
Neighborhood Champions

Saranam has been selected as one of Bank of America's 2020 Neighborhood Champions!
 
Through this program, Bank of America invests in nonprofits leading the charge to improve the long-term sustainability of their communities by addressing issues fundamental to building economic mobility, including workforce development and education, community development and basic needs.
 
We are among an elite group of just 42 nonprofits invited to participate in this opportunity!

As part of this honor Saranam will receive a $50,000 two-year grant and have access to leadership development training so we can take our work to the next level in our community. 

Thank you to Bank of America for your work to build thriving communities!
Holiday Help

Do you start thinking about the holidays when the first leaf falls? Us too!

We are still not open and collecting donations but we DO still need your help to make the winter warm and special for families. 

Here are a couple of ways to help:
  • Home for the Holidays: The holidays look different, but we want to make it possible for families to still have a happy holiday season. If you're interested in helping, please reach out to Nicole Cosper, our Volunteer Coordinator, about our needs and ideas for how you can support families from home.
saranam.nicole@gmail.com

(505) 917-6965
 Community Corner 
Lights of Enchantment

Many of our holiday plans may be up in the air but this is a fun, safe event you can count on. 

Join Saranam December 30th for the Lights of Enchantment at Sandia Speedway. This amazing drive-through holiday display will feature over 1 million points of light.

Saranam will receive a $5 donation for every joy-ride that joins us on this night- up to $5,000!

Use this code and receive 40% off your ticket.
SARANAM40

Note: the code is good for any day, but Saranam will only receive a donation for cars visiting on December 30. 
Women Warriors Recognized with Bonita Boxes 

Four of Saranam's alumni received special recognition from Women United's Mariposa Bonita program this month. 

These women warriors were honored for their diligent saving through Saranam's partnership with Prosperity Works and their consistent efforts to connect and learn at alumni events.

Each honoree received a Bonita Box filled with local goodies and a special tribute message.

Congratulations to these women- and all the deserving alumni- who are working hard to improve their lives.
Passing Down Pearls of Wisdom

"Ending homelessness requires more than just giving people a home to live in, it requires teaching people skills for living."

Every family at Saranam receives 600 hours of life skills education during their time!

Why? Find out in our latest blog post by Diana Weber, Board Member and volunteer extraordinaire. 

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Give a cheer! One of Saranam's mothers recently received a scholarship to support her Masters' in Counseling degree.

She was awarded the Emily Sannebeck Scholarship from Asbury United Methodist Church.The scholarship is given to those working to increase their education, with preference given to single women.

Congratulations! We so happy your efforts and determination have been honored. 

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