Neither extreme poverty nor homelessness have been my lot. Neither has an excess been my good fortune. I've always had enough. Enough to eat. Enough to wear. Enough to hoard or...enough to share. When I heard that women survivors of trauma, mental health issues, abuse, addiction and their children were the largest demographic of homeless in our county, I thought "I have enough". We have enough money, wisdom, time, properties in our mostly retired city of 25000 to help them start over. That was 9 years ago. I wish everyone could feel like we have enough to change the world for good. They don't...but enough of us have come together since opening 5 yeas ago to impact 46 families through transitional housing and mentoring. 18 children in foster or family member placements have been reunited with their moms so far. These women are loving life today! I volunteer, donate, speak, babysit, fundraise, organize, clean,drive, teach, garden, and care. Because I have enough and enough can multiply when it is shared.
Review from #MyGivingStory
As the volunteer Spiritual Community Director of OASIS of NWA, I am proud to see these recovering women and children reclaiming their lives. Our first complete two year program graduate is not only still in recovery from her past, but she is also employed full-time in her chosen field, and has been selected to receive a Habitat for Humanity House in the spring. The women who choose to come here and stay are highly motivated to turn their lives around in a lasting way - the reason for our two year time frame. Our volunteers give freely of their time and expertise in mentoring recovery, parenting skills and job skill training. Our donor base is growing steadily as the women tell our story. We invite you to join in this opportunity to transform lives! Catherine Luck
Review from Guidestar