BENEFITING: Wellspring Family Services
I work as an infant/early childhood mental health therapist at Wellspring. I help support families with young children as they struggle with the chaos and stress of homelessness. All of "my families" have experienced trauma and are trying the best that they can to become stable and healthy. A lot of the kids go to the Early Learning Center at Wellspring, and many of them get housing services and financial support through Wellspring, or other non-profits. Finding an apartment after being homeless is extraordinarily hard. Even when these families get financial support, it is incredibly difficult to find landlords who will work with them. Then that magical day arrives, and they have a place to call home! Unfortunately, these families have been living in cars, couches, shelters and motels for months and have no furniture or household appliances. Even shopping at Goodwill is too much for them, and I see them struggle over and over again to make ends meet. My biggest concern is when I see a family without any beds. Most of my families end up sleeping on the floor or a donated couch, even after moving in to a new apartment. Getting good quality sleep is so very important for little children and parents! And finding donated mattresses is next to impossible. There is a used furniture shop across the street from Wellspring, and I see the new mattresses displayed in their window every single day. They only cost $100 for a queen sized mattress, and with delivery, I can put a mom and her baby in a safe bed for about $150. Single mattresses are less, and a child can enjoy their own cozy bed for about $75. I am hoping to have all of my families in beds (about 7 in need) by Christmas. Will you help me? With $1000 I can buy mattresses to get delivered, and pick up some sheets and blankets at Goodwill. If you have a clean mattress and/or sheets you'd like to donate, I can pay for someone to pick it up and delivery it with these funds as well. Thank you so much!