Giving Report February 2017
Your Donations at Work February 2017
During the fourth quarter of 2016, $12,401.00 was given to assist at-risk teens and young adults who have aged out of foster care (between 18-21 years old) in Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Brevard and Osceola Counties. Details are listed below, but first we want to let you know how your donations positively impact the youth in our community and particularly the following young person:
Carlene was removed from her home at age 15 because of abuse and was placed in a group home. A year later, she decided to live with her aunt and moved from Florida to New Jersey and then to Nevada where Carlene graduated from high school. Desiring stability and a chance to continue her education, Carlene contacted her former caseworker in Florida and found that she still qualified for free college tuition in Florida. Soon she became a resident at the Faine House, a transition home in Orlando for youth aging out of foster care. Carlene enrolled at Valencia State College and completed her first semester with a 2.7 GPA while working part-time at a retail store and volunteering in the community. She recently became certified to work in a day care and hopes to save enough money to purchase a car for getting to school and work. Congratulations for your determination, Carlene. And thanks to Wings of Hope donors who support your efforts.
Update and News
Here’s specifically how the funds were used from October 2016 through December 2016:
- $ 5,118.00: academic achievement
- $ 1,740.00: life skills training
- $ 375.00: education fees, tutoring and life skills classes
- $ 70.00: therapy, medical assistance
- $ 660.00: employment skills/performance
- $ 333.00: special needs
- $ 515.00: savings match
- $ 90.00: volunteering
- $ 3,500.00: Repairs/Renovations to group homes
We will continue to report on how YOUR donations are being used. Thank you for your confidence that Wings of Hope will continue to be good stewards of your generosity.
Individually we do make a difference. Together we change lives.
Matching Gift Program Results:
We are pleased to announce that our Matching Gift Program, which ran from August through December 2016, was a tremendous success, bringing in a total of $57,389.50! We are grateful for each of the 173 donors who made that success possible.
Group Home Improvements:
During the fourth quarter of 2016, many improvements were made to area group homes, including:
- new sofa, love seat, end table, bed and dresser for teen girls at Destiny House
- two new dressers for the teen boys residing at Brian’s House
- new freezer and Xbox for teens living at Sunshine House
All 173 donors from our Matching Gift Program were entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card and the winner was Valerie Mardle! Congratulations, Valerie, and thanks again to all participants!