You have supported us with your generous prayers, financial commitment and time, and for that we are truly thankful. The women and children at Acres of Diamonds could not rebuild their lives without your support. I would like to share an inspiring story of how your generosity transformed a family.
When Sara and her two children moved from Florida to Washington, the last thing she expected to be was homeless. Sara was excited about a new job opportunity in Seattle, but the job fell through and suddenly she was living out of her car. Her children, 5-year-old Jasmin and 12-year-old Luke, were devastated.
Sara, Luke, and Jasmin wondered about things like; where would their next meal come from, would they ever have a roof over their head again, and how could they excel in school? Sara discovered Acres of Diamonds and made the difficult call to ask for help. Acres welcomed her warmly, and now this family resides at Acres getting help to rebuild their lives. Sara’s children suffered emotionally while living in their car, especially Jasmin. When she arrived at Acres, she was withdrawn and sad. Now that she has a place to call home, Jasmin is a vibrant Kindergartner who looks forward to school and can be seen with a smile on her face. Luke is getting the support he needs to be successful in 7th grade. Through prayer and effort, Sara now has a job to provide for her family. Over time, Acres of Diamonds will support Sara and her children through The Path to Graduation programs. They will transition to independent living because of the generous support from people like you.
When hard times hit for single mothers – whether it is domestic violence, recovery from drugs or alcohol, or financial devastation Acres is a place of refuge and rebuilding, of hope and recovery. Right now, programs like Uplifting Kids need your support! Research shows us that each time a child relocates due to homelessness they lose 6 months of progress in school. Homeless children experience four times the sickness and twice the hunger rate of other children, and are more likely to be homeless in adulthood. With your help, we can break this cycle. Uplifting Kids provides supplemental academic support, life skills training, mentoring, and an introduction into a relationship with God. Instead of slipping through the cracks at school, kids at Acres will meet with tutors regularly and have opportunities to plan, learn, and grow in fun ways, breaking the patterns of homelessness for good.
Will you help us continue this important work with families like Jasmin’s? Simply click HERE to make a gift online or if you prefer give us a call at 425.788.9999. We promise to keep you updated on the progress of our residents – your support is making a difference in your community.
Jennifer Paddock – Executive Director