Thanks to the generosity of our donors at the “Open Minds Art Auction and Benefit,” we raised more than $25,000 to support at-risk children and their families. At the event, you met Latisha Edgerton and heard about her boys. We’ve been working with other families too. We recently helped a mother and her children move out of public housing and into an apartment in North Asheville.
This mother is happy her children are in a new neighborhood, with a different peer group. She wants to get her GED and eventually, a nursing degree. She told me recently “when I get knocked down, I always gets back up. That’s what I’m going to do now.” After spending some time with her, I believe that. She plans to meet with a life counselor and map out her future, to set goals and devise strategies to achieve those goals. OpenDoors will help her do that.
In the meantime, we’ll help her children with after-school care, fees and transportation to extracurricular activities, and whatever they need to succeed in school. We don’t think this mom should have to chose between caring for her children and working to make their future more secure. We can help her do both. This support breaks the cycle of poverty.
Stay tuned for information about our spring concert event…