Giving Report May 2017
Your Donations at Work February 2017
During the first quarter of 2017, $13,703.00 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:
Shauna’s long road of extreme abuse and neglect began at an early age, and she entered foster care in her preteens. Upon moving out when she turned 18, she was unemployed, out of school without a diploma and without a permanent place to live since she no longer qualified for State Independent Living programs.
Fortunately, Shauna came to the Faine House, a transitional home for youth aging out of foster care, in 2014. Starting GED courses let her return to Extended Foster Care, but after 3 years of failed attempts to earn her GED, she was found to have significant learning disabilities. Faine House staff arranged for special math and reading attention, and the WingsNet program offered assistance for educational and tutoring expenses, mental health counseling, transportation and life skills training. As a result, she earned her state license to work in a salon. Shauna now works in a salon and for a cleaning company and has even established a savings account. Thank you, Wings supporters, for giving Shauna the opportunity to support herself and look forward to a good future!
Update and News
Here’s specifically how the funds were used from January 2017 through March 2017:
- $ 8,918.00: academic achievement
- $ 1,628.00: life skills training
- $ 355.00: therapy, medical assistance
- $ 460.00: employment skills/performance
- $ 44.00: special needs
- $ 75.00: volunteering
- $ 2,223.00: furniture and appliances for 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.
New Computer Lab:
We were pleased to partner with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Florida to create a new computer lab with laptops for the teenage girls at Hacienda House. This vital need will benefit the girls now with their school work and help prepare them for the future.
Points of Light Recognition:
On a recent visit to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, we were honored and humbled to see Wings of Hope recognized as a Points of Light recipient! President Bush created Points of Light to recognize volunteers and the impact they make on their communities. As President Bush stated, “Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” If you’d like to see the video, click here
Although the award was received many years ago, we want to once again congratulate and thank each and every Wings of Hope team member, volunteer and friend for making this happen. You indeed change lives!