Back to school supplies looked different this year
The scene was set. Extreme heat, lightening, and very dry conditions. The sign was ominous. Fire plumes in the sky, visible to all of Napa. Fire raging in the hills again. Families evacuating, some with very little warning. Fear creeping in from the memory of the 2017 fires. Then, the outcome…Hundreds lost their homes, 3 lives gone, and many were evacuated.
EOH was in the process of handing out school supplies for remote learning as the fires started. The next day I received an email that said, “Hi Peggy, my foster son didn’t grab his headphones when we evacuated and now, we’ve lost the house. Do you have any extras by any chance? And please keep an eye out for rentals. Other than that, we are good.” My heart broke for them, but they are resilient and grateful for still having each other, knowing that things can be replaced. We still have 6 Resource/Foster families that were evacuated and living in hotels or with a relative, still not knowing for sure if their home is standing.
EOH has been able to directly reach out to each of these families and assist with basic needs, food and encouragement. We partnered with the Foster Parent Association, and those families were able to receive some emergency funding for fire victims. We were able to visit some of our families at the hotels and offer very practical help and let them know that we care and are praying.
Distance learning made back to school supplies quite unique…personal desks, IPADS, laptops and headphones
EOH partnered with the probation department to provide bikes for two teens so they would have transportation to their jobs
A Friday Pizza night drive thru for families to take home and celebrate the end of the first week of school
I continue to go back to the word HOPE that is at the heart of our organization. HOPE rises from ashes. HOPE produces a longing for change. HOPE keeps us moving forward. Thank you for journeying with us to bring HOPE to our foster youth and the families that support them. I am extremely grateful!
We would appreciate any sized donations this month for the ongoing needs of our families.
With a grateful heart,
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