“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin
Did you know this famous quote was originally about fire safety?
It also applies to our work with families. To protect their identities, I’ll change names and blend details from a few families we have worked with recently.
Michael is a 12-year-old boy enrolled in Sparks. One day before our community dinner, he told our Sparks Coordinator that he and his mom were living out of their car. We had the opportunity to talk with his mom, Rebecca, before dinner. She burst into tears, telling us how she had fled an abusive relationship, but was afraid to ask for help because she also had a warrant for her arrest. She knew that at any moment, she could go to jail and her son would be taken into foster care.
Rebecca desperately wanted to care for her family and do the right thing, but she didn’t know where to begin. “I know I’m in over my head,” she told me. “Glenhaven has had such a wonderful impact on my son… is there anything you can do for me?”
Immediately, we were able to help this mother and son move in with a host family who could provide for their basic needs with the help of their local church. We encouraged her to come clean on her warrant–that we would not abandon them, whatever the outcome. Eventually, all charges were dropped. With a family and community lifting her up, she soon had a steady job and moved into her own apartment with her son, Michael, who has enrolled for another year of Sparks Out of School.
Like the quote implies, investing in prevention spares us from heartache, saves us from undue expense, and returns many blessings!
As Michael and Rebecca’s story shows us, we know that there is not only a need for this program, but that it really works. Before we can reach more families like theirs, we need to raise more support.
On average, the expense of personnel, training, and supplies for the entire HOPE program is about $6,000 per month.
Will you consider a monthly gift in any amount, or even share this need with your church or employer?