On Tuesday, October 26 Rose of Sharon held a 'get to know us' event, to show their appreciation for the help they receive from some of the organizations that donate time, money or useful items to their programs and to the young women who use Rose of Sharon's resources.
We were invited as one of the featured volunteer organizations. It is hard to believe that this marks the fifth year that we are donating to this wonderful cause! Nine of our members attended and were treated to a tour of the facility and more detailed information on what services Rose of Sharon provides.
The best part of the evening was hearing the story of one of the women who turned to Rose of Sharon when she needed help, and who is now helping in her turn. Jennifer, pictured with our group members and her son Nathan, is a true inspiration and model for how someone can carry on through a difficult situation with a little help from people who care, and come out stronger and more confident in their abilities and looking forward to the future.
We would like to thank Rose of Sharon for inviting us, for appreciating our donations as much as they all do, and especially for the work they have done in the community for over 25 years now. Here are some photos from our visit:
Members of Casting Off the Cold present the 2010 donation to Rose of Sharon. With us are Jennifer and Nathan.
Group members Siobhan, Jane, Monica and Margret
The director of Rose of Sharon receiving a donation from the local Rotary Club. The Rotary Club has been a long-time donor to Rose of Sharon and provides help with such things as funds for transportation so young mothers can get to the facility for programs. Hats off to them for their amazing support.
The family area at Rose of Sharon. It's like a big living room with a kitchen attached! Very welcoming and friendly.
Melissa, Rose of Sharon's community liaison, telling us about the Rose, their programs and successes.
The evening was a great opportunity to meet the people who make Rose of Sharon work, including the social workers and teachers who run both the programs and the high school classes. Young mothers who aren't able to go back to school full-time can get their credits through learning at Rose of Sharon. A great alternative to dropping out, and just one more way Rose of Sharon serves the specific needs of the community.
Thanks again, and keep up the great, great work! We're proud to be able to donate to such a worthwhile cause!