As the 2015 calendar comes down, every month The Open Door has been filled with real stories and situations like the ones below.
January – Kent “slipped in” and brought pizza to say thank you for saving my life
February- Jessie’s life of “no fixed address” ended up with her in -22 degree weather asleep in a car
March- Jace had been sleeping in a public bathroom for 5 days
April- Ben went missing and his mother searched desperately for him
May- Devon was found living in an abandoned vehicle with only a candle and a blanket
June- Carly’s mom went to jail and she was too afraid to tell anyone
July- Emma-lee was hospitalized from the combination of health issues and addiction
August- a life was lost and a young man was found safe inside a box
September- Tess’s statement brought huge impact and a place to rest her feet
October- Alisha was struggling with her mom’s mental disorder
November- Blake was devastated to find out secrets in his family
December- Ray walked so many miles he wore the treads off of his shoes
It seems almost unreal that a city the size of Camrose would have so many youth that need help but the truth of the matter is that these are only 12 of the reasons why we need you so very much. These are a select number of situations that you have helped youth to overcome, work through, to deal with and to seek help for. You may recognize one or two and for some of you (depending on how often you donate) maybe ALL of these stories have ended up in your mailbox.
As 2015 slips away we are filled with a depth of gratitude and a sea of thankfulness.
The 2016 calendar will be placed upon the wall and we know that as the year progresses that it too will be filled with new stories, new clients and thanks to you, new successes.
In January 2016 we plan to update all of our 2015 donors on each and every one of these stories in a very unique way.
We look forward to sharing this with you because without you we cannot exist. You have given youth the strength to face each day…the fight to make it another month and the vision of what the next year may hold for them.
There is no greater gift than the gift of hope.
May you be filled with assurance that we honor your gifts that you so generously give.
From the youth in this community….There is no greater gift than you.
Happy New Year!
Donor Relations and Communications Director
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