I have known of and supported Marguerite's Place since its inception many years ago. Initially, my Girl Scout troop baked goodies for the children in the daycare and also donated children's books that the kids living at Marguerite's Place would be able to personally own since many arrived at there without their own personal items due to whatever situation they had been in prior to their arrival at Marguerite's Place. We went on to donate to the moms on occasion, trying to come up with special items that they wouldn't be able to obtain for themselves and would appreciate having. As the years went by, I became involved with Marguerite's Place on both a professional and personal level and have assisted with marketing and PR efforts as well as special event and fundraisers. I currently head up the Friends of Marguerite's Place, which is a supportive group that raises funds for programming and helps out wherever asked, from clean up efforts to maintenance and on site assistance in the daycare and preschool. The staff at Marguerite's Place is so dedicated and caring, and the work they accomplish with these women and their children is amazing as are the families themselves. There is a saying at Marguerite's Place, which is this: "We like to give a hand up, not a hand out," and it is completely apt. With its extensive programs, including a five year aftercare program, the results are both impressive and humbling. The staff truly cares about the residents of Marguerite's Place and becomes an extended family to all who live there. I continue to volunteer and recommend Marguerite's Place to others who are looking to give back and help others because I have seen firsthand what a difference its mission makes in the lives of so many women and children.