Kathy Weber-Bates via Crowdrise
July 03, 2012
Dear friends and family,
I am writing to you today on behalf of Youth Homes. As a member of their Run 4 Kids Team, I have committed to raising a goal of $500 and I will participate in the Missoula Marathon on July 11 in honor of the children who have benefited from the Youth Homes programs.
Because of the Youth Homes organization, over 9,000 at-risk children and youth in Western Montana have be given the opportunity to experience childhood in a safe and secure place to call home since 1971. Each day they serve over 180 children in their shelters, group homes or foster care homes. Over 90% of these kids improve their grades and stay in school and nearly 95% graduate or get their GED. Most importantly, the Youth Homes provides kids the chance to be a kid and work on building healthy relationships that will be their base for moving forward as a healthier and happier adult.
There are many stories of children in the Youth Homes. One story tugged at my heartstrings because she’s the same age as my daughter:
Lilly is 5-years-old.She has been involved with the Dan Fox Family Care Program since she was two and a half. Her parents were heavily involved in drugs and alcohol and unable to care for her. When we first met her, she barely spoke. However, soon into a new placement with a foster family, Lilly found her voice. She loves to draw and her favorite thing to draw is pictures of her new family. Today Lilly is very attached and comfortable with her foster family, and they are adopting her this spring. Her parents are absolutely delighted that she will be their daughter forever.
I feel fortunate to have this chance to make a difference in the lives of local kids. I will keep these children’s stories in my mind and in my heart as I train and gear up for this exhausting adventure.
I challenge you to help me meet my goals to help children heal in our community. All donations are tax-deductible. Please consider asking your employer if they do company matches on donations that you make.
Thank you for all of your support!
About Youth Homes, Inc.
Youth Homes is a Montana non-profit organization dedicated to caring for children and youth and their families who are in need and/or crisis.
Our kids are as young as three and as old as 18. They have experienced domestic violence. Their dads are not in their lives. They are abused. They are neglected. They have been exploited. They are homeless. They are unsafe at home. They have fled. They have been involved with child protection. They have broken laws. They are on probation. They have acted out. They have run. They have emotional challenges. They are sad. They have attempted suicides. They are angry. They lie. They are honest about their pain. They are running from it. They do not belong. But they all have hope.
We provide a refuge for kids that have no where else to go. We first stop the harm and help them feel safe. Then we give them a dependable routine with competent caretakers and build healthy relationships. We show compassion by staying by their side throughout their pain. We help them find, rely on and trust family. We concentrate on reconnecting each child to the greater community. Finally, we believe it is important to give them the foundation of a strong connection to us and confidence to find happiness in their future. To do this work well we must keep our word.
We have served children since 1971!