16 Oct Meet Angelo.
Five-year-old Angelo and his family came into Inter-Faith’s emergency shelter in August, right before he was due to start kindergarten. He couldn’t wait for school to start — to ride the bus with the big kids!
His mom choked up when she said there was no money for school supplies. We told her not to worry. Through the generosity of our donors, every child at Inter-Faith receives a backpack in September with the school supplies they need.
The week before school started, Angelo wore his backpack every day — he even slept with it next to his pillow. He boarded the bus on the first day of school beaming with pride, with new school clothes — also donated — and his bright orange backpack.
With the help of their case manager at Inter-Faith, Angelo’s mom and dad both found new jobs and an apartment near a great school for Angelo, and the family left the shelter the following November. Angelo’s mom still keeps in touch. The last time she called, she told us that she had almost finished her bachelor’s degree, and that Angelo was a happy, healthy, and (very) active second grader!
As a supporter of Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, you probably know that families are homeless right here in our backyard — despite all the resources available in Montgomery County. You also know that Inter-Faith has been here for the past 30 years, partnering with local religious congregations to help set these families on the path to self-sufficiency.
Now we’re turning to you to help us, as we face the prospect of losing federal funding, which makes up about 10% of our budget. If 333 of our donors committed to a $10 monthly donation, we could make up this shortfall…and we hope to reach this goal by November.
Your donation of $10 a month for one year — only 33 cents a day — provides an entire month of emergency shelter for a family like Linda’s…not just a safe place to sleep, but also the support they need to make sure they are never homeless again. Can you help?