BENEFITING: Hill Country Daily Bread
To Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries, even one child going hungry is unacceptable. Yet in the Texas Hill Country many children go without meals every day. Poverty is on the rise for women and children. Since 2000, Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries (HCDBM) has provided food and basic household necessities and given hope and comfort to low-income families many headed by working mothers. Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries is more than a food bank, offering programs that transform lives and help women lift themselves and their children out of the poverty cycle. HCDBM programs offer intensive case management, positive relationships, physical resources and encourage children to develop positive attitude toward education. One of the most impactful programs supporting women and girls is Stand By Me. Stand By Me provides personal mentoring relationships to impoverished girls, encouraging them to not only finish school but look toward a brighter future.
HCDBM provides local communities with over $2,500,000 of food and products annually and leverages every donor dollar into over $125 of food, personal hygiene products, diapers and other basic needs that are delivered by our Family Mentor volunteers to the homes of families in need. Donations from #operationgirl will help fund programs benefitting women and girls, ensuring they have access to imperative and life changing resources .
Stand By Me is a poverty prevention program addressing the voids in the lives of women and girls living in need. According to co-founder Agnes Hubbard, “There are no shortcuts on the pathway out of poverty; it is about long-lasting, one-on-one relationships that transforms lives.” Poverty has a dramatically adverse effect on a child’s education. Many of the girls come from families that have lived in poverty for generations and cannot see life beyond its boundaries. For the girls that do drop out of high school, there is a very high risk of long-term unemployment; working in unskilled, low-paying jobs; and being dependent on public assistance. The students in these families need to be exposed to possibilities beyond what their parent’s experienced. Stand By Me focuses on changing the course of girls living in poverty by offering positive relationships with trained adult mentors, focuses on emotional development, academic success,
Stand By Me focuses on the formation of long-term, supportive relationships between mature adults and at-risk youth with the goal of preventing destructive behavior that can affect academic, social and emotional development.