The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC) is working to raise $2,000 or more through our Emergency Response Network (ERN) to help our nonprofit partner Grassroots Crisis Intervention support two women clients in need.
CLIENT #1: Grassroots has a client who is a 31-year-old single mother with a 3-year-old son who entered the Grassroots shelter after having lived in her vehicle for about eight months. She is under a lot of stress, but that does not stop her from having a positive spirit or getting herself up early in the morning, moving her unregistered vehicle from the back lot to the front of the building, and carrying her sleeping son to the car to put in a day’s work at a daycare. She is trying to focus on the steps in front of her and is climbing them bit by bit. Because of her circumstances she has not been able to pay the lease on her vehicle and the debt has built up for over 9 months. She has citations that have added up and she is living in fear that the vehicle that she uses every single day that allows her to travel the fifty minutes to work will be repossessed. She has been met with a difficult journey, with few supports that she can truly rely on. Her main goal is stability for she and her son and she needs her vehicle to keep moving towards this goal. She owes about $3,000 but Grassroots has already secured $1,000 from a local organization, and a church is helping with another $1,000. Although she faces other challenges, the removal of this debt would be a huge weight that would be lifted off of her and would allow her to move on and work on getting stable housing for herself and her son.
On behalf of our partners at Grassroots, we are inviting donations totaling $1,000 or more to help this client with debt removal that will allow her to continue working on obtaining stable housing for she and her son.
CLIENT #2: Grassroots has another client in the shelter who relies on her car to get to work and it is on its very last leg. Her car was her home for the last year before she came to the shelter. It currently has over 100,000 miles, has failed two emissions tests, and several mechanics have told her that it will be too costly to repair. She is vibrant and remains grounded and optimistic despite all the hardships that she has faced including the loss of a child and the separation from a spouse.
Grassroots is working toward housing for her but she will soon be left without transportation, and while she is resilient and will find a way to continue going to work, it will pull her further away from securing housing.
On behalf of our partners at Grassroots, we are inviting donations totaling $1,000 or more to help this client purchase a used vehicle that is available through a contact at the Day Resource Center.
Can you help?
All donations will go directly to this effort. Any amount is valued and appreciated, thank you!
Barb Van Winkle, Chair Candace Dodson-Reed & Alison Canning, WGC Grants Committee Chair & Vice-Chair Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director www.womensgivingcircle.org