Lending a hand to flood victims of North Carolina

Lending a hand to flood victims of North Carolina

Safe Places is lending a hand to flood victims of North Carolina.  Mount Vernon, Virginia resident Margaret Shipp, a volunteer with BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters), stopped by the headquarters of Safe Places Friday morning to collect 2,340 disposable diapers on her way to distribute them along with cases of women’s hygiene items to flood victims in North Carolina. Shipp was on her way to the small town of Salemburg where she would be delivering them to the Salemburg Christian Food Bank which serves an average of more than 500 families per month and is in desperate need of diapers for mothers with infants and toddlers.

“This is great!” exclaimed Shipp as Frank filled her vehicle up to the brim with diapers donated to BRAWS by Safe Places.

Lending a hand to flood victims of North Carolina

Lending a hand to flood victims of North Carolina

Safe Places is lending a hand to flood victims of North Carolina.  Mount Vernon, Virginia resident Margaret Shipp, a volunteer with BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters), stopped by the headquarters of Safe Places Friday morning to collect 2,340 disposable diapers on her way to distribute them along with cases of women’s hygiene items to flood victims in North Carolina.
 
Shipp was on her way to the small town of Salemburg where she would be delivering them to the Salemburg Christian Food Bank which serves an average of more than 500 families per month and is in desperate need of diapers for mothers with infants and toddlers.
 
“This is great!” exclaimed Shipp as Frank filled her vehicle up to the brim with diapers donated to BRAWS by Safe Places.
Back to School!

Back to School!

 

I know, I know–didn’t summer just start? For our families there is always the concern about what is next. We can’t alleviate every worry, but we can help make things a little easier with your help.  We are currently collecting new school supplies for the school aged children in our program–about 50 kids from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Why new items? Think about the first day of school for a moment–the excitement that comes from a brand new year.  You have your back pack on with your favorite character on it, your notebook in your favorite color, freshly sharpened pencils, your hand selected outfit–it adds to the enthusiasm you have thinking about the school year ahead.  We want all kids to feel that.  We want them to be excited for another year of school.

This summer will be gone before we know it.  Fairfax County Public Schools are back in session on August 28th this year, so with a little over 6 weeks left to go we want to ask if you can help us get kids ready for school? All donations must be received by Monday, August 20th.  You can order off our Amazon wishlist, where the items will be shipped to our door, email LaurenB@christianrelief.org to schedule a supply pickup or drop off, or donate to Safe Places to fund a backpack filled with supplies for $50.

 

Thanks for all of your help!

~Safe Places

Golf Classic Thank You!

Golf Classic Thank You!

 

On behalf of all our client families, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the participants and sponsors of the 3rd Annual Safe Places Golf Tournament June 29 at the Landsdowne Golf Club in Leesburg, VA.

Your support enabled to raise $105,000 for the women and children who have escaped a life of fear and terror for one of love, support and hope as they build a new life free of abuse on their way to a bright future.

These families are not victims – they are survivors who have taken charge of their life and with the support of people like you they have a place to call home for up to two years, help with financial literacy and life skills, and assistance with furthering their education so that when the time comes for them to become self-sufficient they are ready.

In 2017, Safe Places helped 30 households made up of 35 adults and 72 children, making for a total of 7,393 “bed nights” for those who may very have been homeless, living in a domestic violence shelter, or worse, still living with their abuser because they had nowhere else to go.

So again, on behalf of all of these women and children who have a “safe place” to sleep every night in their very own beds, we simply say “thank you.

So Many Babies!

So Many Babies!

One client asked for diapers. That is how it started: one request to one case manager and suddenly we are surrounded with cases of diapers! Our families have a lot of needs so sometimes we forget to ask about the simple things, do you have enough diapers?

About 25% of our families have at least one child wearing diapers in their home.

So although only one family outright asked, we knew the need was greater. We were right about the need, but what we did not expect was the response of our supporters.

We posted on social media and reached out to a handful of supporters hoping we would get a few packages to have on hand in emergencies. Suddenly we were hearing from neighbors and friends we had never met. A supporter had forwarded our request to a list serve, a follower shared it with friends and family, people were picking up the torch and passing the bucket. The generosity has been incredible.

The best part have been the notes. When people reached out we learned things about their families, about why they had extra diapers. Several held onto diapers even though their child is potty trained because they did not want to throw them away. Others told us that they did not expect how quickly their child would grow and ended up with a lot of left overs that they were ready to get out of the house! It was amazing how quickly word spread, how eager people were to give. We are so grateful to our community.

And yes, to answer your question, we are still accepting diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

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