If you’re a philanthropist in the SBC area, chances are you have heard of Give for Good and for good reason. The Community Foundation hosts this amazing 2 week stretch of giving every year from the end of April to the beginning of May. The final day being a blow out day of giving for North Louisiana that generates a significant amount of funds for our regions’ nonprofits.
We were thrilled to participate again this year and chose a theme that exemplified the mission at Providence House, “Squeeze The Day!” with the tagline, “When Life Gives You Lemons, Providence House Makes Lemonade”. And that is exactly what we did. Mrs. Stubbs, our Dietary Supervisor made the most delicious lemonade that some donors even came back for a second cup! Mr. Stubbs led the single fathers in our home to build the most idyllic lemonade stand on wheels so we could visit some local favorites such as: Bellemead Shopping Center, Silver Star Grille, Dillas on Pierremont with the final stop being at Providence House on May 4.
Our goal for this Give For Good season was, of course, to raise important funding to continue growing our programs for our families and their children. But we also wanted to shed some light on the fact that we even offer educational programs and that we are a temporary home for not just mothers, but fathers too!
Single mothers aren’t the only ones taking on the proverbial lemons, single dad’s and entire family units are as well and that’s where we come in. We aren’t a one stop nightly shelter that offers a hot meal and sends those in need on their way. We offer financial literacy courses, GED classes, workforce development and job skills training, 4-star childcare, parenting classes and more tools to give these families of all shapes and sizes the means necessary to lead a self-sufficient and fulfilled life.
With your support, we surpassed our goal of $40,000 to raise $42,499.27. We are still smiling from this year’s success and can’t wait to carry our theme into 2022 to new locations with new goals and new ways to support each family that walks through our door. There’s still plenty of lemonade to make, and as Mrs. Stubbs says, “all you have to do is add love”.