St. Vincent's joins Pope Francis, who today, Sunday, May 11, 2014, asked that we take a moment to dedicate a beautiful thought and prayer for our mothers and all mothers, entrusting them to the mother of Jesus."
St. Vincent's Mother's Day Appeal 2014
“I was without a home, lacking safety and permanence in more debilitating senses, expecting my second son, and facing the most difficult decisions of my life. I was on a precipice…walking as in flight, in the midst of fear.”
These are the words of a young mother in St. Vincent’s Family Strengthening Program, describing how she felt upon entering our program. She was homeless, six months pregnant with her second child from a volatile relationship, and had just completed a stay in an emergency shelter. Over the last year, she has made great strides in her journey towards self-awareness and stability. She maintained gainful employment, began attending college full-time, and was awarded a home through Habitat for Humanity. Most important, she has strengthened her abilities as a mother to her two young boys and shares her progress below.
“I am on the verge of becoming a homeowner and providing a foundation of security and stability for my sons in a beautiful community. I work at a local childcare center for homeless and at-risk children, and am attending school with a 4.0, pursuing a degree in Depth Psychology to help women and children heal from trauma and live fulfilling and meaningful lives. I have received incredible resources and therapy, and not only survived, but thrived at St. Vincent's. I am a better mother, woman, and individual because of the in-depth care, attention, and education I received here. These two years have been among the most transformative and self-empowering of my life, and I will remain forever grateful for this beautiful gift and journey.”
This Mother’s Day, we invite you to be a part of St. Vincent’s Tradition of Caring and help these mothers and their children obtain the resources and services they need to create safe and stable lives. St. Vincent’s Family Strengthening Program provides these vulnerable families with transitional, shared housing, weekly case-management where the mothers learn how to take care of a home, balance a budget, seek employment, and enroll in school, weekly individual counseling to begin to heal from past traumas, and weekly parenting classes to create healthy mother-child relationships. While in the program, the children are lovingly cared for at St. Vincent’s Early Childhood Education Center.
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to St. Vincent's today. On behalf of the Sisters and staff of St. Vincent’s, thank you for your gifts and prayers. They are greatly appreciated.
To make a gift to St. Vincent's Mother's Day Appeal, please click here.
Thank you to Sara Faridi, who made a gift in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Faridi. Sara writes: "Thank you, Dad. Thank you, Mom. I am grateful to you and to God for my family and career. We pray for our wealth, health, and happiness for ourselves, our families, and our communities."
Thank you to Nettie Peterson, who made a gift in honor of Lea Repka. Nettie's prayer intention is "health for her mother."
Thank you to Michael Padden-Rubin, who made a gift in honor of his mother, Virginia Padden; his wife, Ann Padden-Rubin; and his mother-in-law, Barbara Rubin. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers!
Thank you to Kathrine Chapman Wetzel, who made a gift in honor of her mother Emma (Alvarez) Rodriguez, who lived at St. Vincent's in 1933. Katherine writes: "A hard-working mother who looked after each of her children and grandchildren's future. She was loved."
Thank you to Robert R. Stewart, who made a gift in honor of Kate Mahoney and Mary Stewart. Robert's prayer intention is for Kate Mahoney and Mary Stewart.
Thank you to Rebecca Bedel, whose prayer intention is for the conversion of unbelievers and the healing of her husband Fred.
Thank you to Silas J. Thomas, M.D. and Ann Thomas, whose prayer intention is for all the mothers living and those who have passed away. This gift is also in honor of Sister Margaret Keaveney, D.C., President & CEO of St. Vincent's.
Thank you to Diana M. Bencomo, who made a gift in honor of the Sisters of St. Vincent's. Diana writes: "Thank you for all you have done for all of us."
We are grateful for your support of St. Vincent's and those whom we serve. God bless you.