The night was crisp and cool – you could feel the energy in the air. Cheers went up – the crowd went wild for each one of the families in our programs that were there that night. It’s one of the most special parts of what we get to do – celebrate successes that many thought would never come. Often emotional, always joyful, we heard stories about moms and dads pressing through incredible odds to do anything – everything – to give a new life to their kids (and themselves). We were joined by Rhubarb the Reindeer, the mascot for the Tacoma Rainiers – lots of fun, and a great sport…he had to be cooking in his, um, skin.
In chatting with a volunteer afterwards, she and her daughter told me about one of the families they were sitting with. As his case manager talked about the victories of his family, this tough-looking man’s eyes brimmed with tears. Dots connected – how important this work is. And that they got to be a part of it? That’s something really special.
Changing lives and strengthening families – that’s what it means to end family homelessness. Not mere buildings or programs or resources…it’s lives changed one at a time. Thank you for all you do to help us serve these families – we couldn’t do it without you!