The Power to Change a Life
By Don Kok, Executive Director, Christian Hope Association
It takes a community to care for women and children who are coming out of domestic violence, addictive behaviors, crisis pregnancy, or human trafficking. A significant part of that caring community came together for our Housing and Hope fundraiser on March 16. Together, we enjoyed food, music, fellowship, and inspirational speakers. Whatcom County Sheriff, Bill Elfo, shared about the opioid epidemic impacting so many elements of our society, and strongly emphasized the need for a place like New Way where families can find housing, hope, and healing. One of our delightful volunteers, Lisa McAlpine, told about the joy of spending intentional time each week with our moms and kids. Finally, Brittany, a former resident, shared her experiences with domestic violence and how New Way provided her a safe place to begin a new chapter with her children.
Over $90,000 was raised in connection with the fundraiser, and we are grateful. This critical fundraiser is helping to bring us a long way toward our goals to provide personnel, programming, and facilities (a 24/7 residential setting), to help up to 23 women and their children move forward toward healthy and independent living. If you were unable to attend, we encourage you to join us and make a difference in a setting where the Word and Spirit of the living God is at work.
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