Imagine waking up on your birthday and you just spent your first night in a youth shelter.
That happened recently to a young person, let's call her Amanda, in our Maurer Hall Youth Shelter.
My immediate thought was that waking up on your birthday in a youth shelter would be a terrible thing!
I guess it's all about perspective.
Another person told me that waking up on your birthday in a shelter might be better than the other options.
That evening, our staff planned a little birthday party for Amanda.
She told us that she couldn't remember the last time someone sang "Happy Birthday" to her. She told us that she was very happy for the cake that we gave her and the gift cards she got for her birthday.
Hmm. Maybe this is the best place for her.
The Maurer Hall, and the cake and gift cards, wouldn't be available to Amanda and 45 others in the last year without donations from people like you. Thank you!
Where would Amanda have been on her birthday without the Maurer Hall?
Please click the button below to make a donation now to Amanda's Birthday Fund to help other youth celebrate milestones while they are in our shelter.
We might get another call tonight for someone who needs a safe place to celebrate a birthday!
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