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Birthday Blessings to serve residents of three additional homeless facilities

We look forward to launching our Shelter Party and Blessing Baskets programs at the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill, SC, and for homeless families served by the Samaritan House Night Shelter at the Salvation Army of Cabarrus County, as well as the Mothers & Children Housing Ministry in Concord, bringing us up to a total of 14 homeless facilities across a four-county region served by our incredible staff of dedicated volunteers.

York County, SC – The Children’s Attention Home is an emergency shelter and long-term residential facility for children who become homeless due to being victims of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. This 42-bed facility houses children and youth of all ages, from babies up to teens and young adults.  Birthday Blessings programs will begin in August with the delivery of Blessing Baskets for babies and birthday parties held on site at the Home, bringing positive emotional experiences to children experiencing the isolating effects of homelessness due to separation from parents.

Cabarrus County, NC – Birthday Blessings will begin serving the residents of the following Cabarrus County facilities in July, with monthly celebrations that lift spirits, boost confidence, and help support basic needs:   The Salvation Army Family Shelters program is designed to provide food and emergency or transitional housing families in need, and works with clients to help them transition into a more permanent housing situation. At Samaritan House Night Shelter, families find a comfortable place to stay with warm beds, meals, and services needed, in a safe and encouraging environment.   

The Mothers & Children Housing Ministry is an emergency and transitional housing program for mothers and children who have become homeless or are in eminent danger of being homeless.  The home is a safe place for families, a caring environment to grow in, an opportunity to regain stability, and offers the resources to become independent, all providing hope for the future.

We at Birthday Blessings believe every child’s life deserves to be recognized and celebrated, regardless of their circumstances, and we look forward to bringing joy and offering support to all of the children living at these facilities.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved.

July 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Blessing Basket delivers hope, help, and a lasting impact

Amy Cervantes, volunteer executive director, recently shared the following chapter from our volunteer storybook during a recent interview on the Eric and Erica Morning Show on New Life, 91.9.

A volunteer delivered a Blessing Basket to a homeless mother and her five-day old newborn boy. When she walked into the room of this small transitional housing program she found the woman sitting on a couch with the baby next to her, wrapped only in a towel.  This new mother had hardly any expression at all on her face; at a time when most new moms are filled with the profound joys and excitement of parenthood.

As our volunteer approached the woman and her child, she quickly greeted her with an enthusiastic smile and congratulations, and explained that the large basket she was carrying was filled with new baby essentials, clothing and gifts, all for her baby boy.  This woman’s expression and body language immediately changed, as though the weight of the world had been lifted from her shoulders.  She stood to hug our volunteer as she gasped in disbelief and tearfully mumbled her thanks over and over.

Together, they began looking through the basket’s items.  The woman held blankets and baby clothes to her face to take in the freshness of the new gifts. She took time to explore each item – every bottle, pacifier, bib, burp cloth, and more – with childlike enthusiasm and gratitude. She learned how to swaddle her baby, and then dressed the child in a tiny layette.

When our volunteer left, the expressionless mother she had met when she arrived was smiling, hopeful, and cradling her new baby boy with tenderness and joy.  It was a total transformation; a testament that a seemingly small act of kindness and support can have an enormous impact for someone in need, and one that made a lasting impact in the life of our volunteer as well.

Click here to listen to Amy’s interview with Eric and Erica.

Be sure to read Erica’s blog about Birthday Blessings here!

Now in its second year, our Blessing Baskets program continues to help celebrate and support the arrival of homeless babies in shelters and housing programs across the greater Charlotte area. To date, more than 115 homeless babies have been blessed with a basket, providing each with a healthy and positive start to life.

May 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

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