We have had a few calls recently from Alumni families who need some help for Christmas. This morning we got a call from a family we haven’t heard from for a while – the kids are doing well – but the mom just lost the job she’s had for over a year and things are really tight right now. If anyone would like to adopt a family for Christmas – please contact Theresa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Denver’s Father Ed Judy House provides refuge for homeless women, kids
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Ed’s Top Eight-
The Top Eight Things We Need Each Month at the Shelter
The support of the community is invaluable to us! Because we are often asked what we need, here is our current wish list (updated monthly.) Please call us if you would like to donate any of these items and we would be happy to arrange a time to meet you!
1. Nonperishable Food – our number one alumni need!
2. Blankets for single beds
3. Bus Slips
5. Feminine Hygiene (pads not tampons, please)
6. Simple Green Cleaning Products – one of our current families has chemical sensitivities
7. Two Laptops – used laptops would be excellent
8. Baby Wipes
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As many of you know, Dec. 10th is Colorado Gives Day – an annual, organized effort to raise money for nonprofits in our state. A couple of the benefits of participating include that online credit card processors are not assessing fees, and a portion of donations based on the percent of the total will be matched by the Community First Foundation’s incentive program – which means your donation will actually be more on Dec. 10th than it would be otherwise. (Also, for people like me – if you click today – you can pre-schedule your donation – so you don’t wake up on Dec. 11th and wish you had remembered…)
The Father Ed Judy House is one of many ministries at Catholic Charities, which is participating in Colorado Gives Day. Here is the link:
Also, while we don’t often post about the financial need of our program, if you are able to donate today – we would really appreciate it.
Our ministry has been historically hard to fund through traditional funding sources. For example, while 97% of the women we served are survivors of domestic violence, we are not a safe-house and do not receive state or federal money to serve domestic violence victims.
Another example is that our shelter serves families who have usually already stayed at one shelter or safe-house and have run out of time there. They are then able to stay with us for as long as they need to find stable housing – instead of moving again to another emergency shelter. But, to mainstream funders – this means we are not an emergency shelter – and we are not transitional housing. This is tricky because – actually – we provide the needed flexibility and support families with multiple barriers to housing– and this flexibility is what makes it difficult for us to stay funded.
Lastly, our alumni program serves families in the community with the goal of helping them remain stably housed. Most of our families have been homeless multiple times and struggle with long-lasting issues – the least of which is grinding poverty. The open-ended nature of this service – walking with families as long as they need – is unusual in the social services arena. It also works: right now we have 77 families in our alumni program – and 75 are still stable in their housing. This makes a huge difference to the children who don’t slip back into homelessness and churn through our shelter system – and treats our families with dignity and integrity. Unfortunately, it falls again outside traditional funding streams.
So – we understand these are tough times economically for many, many people, but, if you are able – we can use your help. Your donation will give the families we serve more time with a program that offers a relationship-based solution to ending chronic family homelessness.
A big thanks goes out to Pat from Notre Dame Parish for buying us a brand new oven for the shelter!! Our old was was really unpredictable – crabby even. This new one came just in time for Pie Making Day next Tuesday!
Today is day 7 of the Gratitude Challenge sponsored by Kindspring.org. Their prompt for the day is,
“The journey of life is never a straight line. Sometimes it raises us to exalted heights and at others it plummets us to depths of despair. It brings us unforeseen challenges and surprises us with magnanimous gifts. Sometimes it plods along and other times it races with the wind. And as we go through this winding, ever-changing course — we grow through it too. Over time life molds us in much the same slow and steady way that water and wind shape the land.Today, take time to reflect on how your life experiences, influences and interactions have transformed you for the better. Celebrate your own evolution by giving thanks for the different elements that contributed to your growth and consider what you have imbibed from each.”
I have often heard from mothers that they were thankful that life brought them to our door step. It stirs mixed feelings – I would never wish domestic violence on anyone – or the trauma of being homeless with small children. However, I believe their sentiment reflects being happy and relieved at arriving at a place that is safe and warm. Sadly, what we offer at the Father Ed Judy House is a response to this tragedy – if everything were fine – this ministry would not exist.
And yet, if it weren’t for chronic poverty, a lack of affordable housing and intimate partner violence – I would never have met such amazing people. I wouldn’t know women who have inspired me with their courage to get back up – feed their kids – bundle them up – put them in the stroller, then the bus – and rebuild their lives. I am so thankful to be a part of their lives.
The strength of these women has also brought me to a place where I can appreciate and witness Grace. Everyday volunteers, donors, strangers, supplies arrive just when we have a need for something – as if there are never really coincidences. For example, we just got a bag of donated children’s clothes. This morning we got a call from an alumni mother who had her clothes stolen off the clothes line where she lives in the projects. In that bag of clothes was a matching set of Buzz Lightyear t-shirts that fit her two sons perfectly. It is a small example, but we see it all the time.
We are grateful to all of you who have shared your strength – and to the community who- for whatever reason- feels called to engage us and shows up at our door to help.