I'm turning 80!
No fancy party. No big trip. Not this year, anyway, But that's ok -- I already know how lucky I am to have the love and support of my family and friends. So, to celebrate my birthday, I am choosing to help a new mom in Health Care Without Walls' Bridges to Moms (BTM) program get a second chance at achieving her dreams.
"Mary" is from the Dominican Republic and hopes to be a pediatrician one day. But then she got pregnant. All alone, with no family and no support from the baby's father, she became homeless, even with her job as a receptionist. She found her way to Health Care Without Walls' Bridges to Moms program. With their support, she was able to access medical care, safety net benefits, apply for housing, and learn to care for a newborn and herself. She is not alone any more.
Today, "Mary" has a beautiful, healthy baby girl and just moved in to an apartment of her own. "Mary" wants to follow her dreams and enroll in a job training program to become a medical assistant.
I want to celebrate my birthday with the gift of a second chance for "Mary", help her turn her apartment into a safe, happy home for her 3 month old daughter by furnishing the apartment so that "Mary" can focus on her education and her daughter never has to know what it feels like to be homeless and alone.
Please consider joining my celebration of 80 years - and counting! - of life lived to the fullest by passing along the gift of hope to "Mary" and her daughter.
With all my love,