December 21, 2018

2018 Hope for the Holidays Recap

We are so thankful for you!

Thank you to all who participated in YWCA’s 2018 Hope for the Holidays campaign!

Because of you, 114 families had a joyous holiday celebration! We thank you for your push to ensure that all children and families were supported this holiday season.

Hope for the Holidays is a holiday giving campaign providing holiday gifts and meals to women, children, and families enrolled in YWCA Spokane programs services.

This year, 37 families from our Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) were adopted! We are so thankful to see that the community ensured each of these families received gifts and meals this holiday season. Thank you!

In addition, the Spokane community donated “Hope Chests” or “Toy Chests” to families who access services through the Women’s Opportunity Center and through our Domestic Violence Safe Shelter.

Each chest was filled with household needs and fun gifts to help women and families transition to new housing or to a new job. Even pet beds were provided for our client’s furry family members! We are so grateful.

You made an INCREDIBLE impact!

The generosity shown to our Domestic Violence Safe Shelter this year was truly uplifting to all of us at YWCA Spokane.

Individuals, groups of friends, businesses, and organizations alike truly made it clear that they are dedicated to supporting our women and families staying in our shelter.

Our Shelter received support for 50 families! Our community gathered together to give those fleeing domestic violence a warm and joyous holiday. It was an amazing sight!

The Shelter’s Lead for this campaign, Melanie Wilson, says “I love working at YWCA Spokane this time of year! Seeing the generosity from the community is so uplifting. We are so thankful to all those who truly gave hope to women and families in our shelter. We have received supplies that will ensure that we have bedding, household items, pajamas, and a number of items that our women and children will be needing throughout the year! Spokane is a generous city!”

In Reflection

Our team at YWCA Spokane was overjoyed to see the push from our community and supporters to ensure all our families received a special holiday.  In one week, we received $2,100 to support ECEAP and WOC families through online donations. This final pushed helped to ensure that the Women’s Opportunity Center’s ability to serve 27 families this season, and the ECEAP’s ability to serve 37 families. Wonderful! We are so thankful to be part of a community who cares so deeply about those enrolled in our services this holiday season.

“The hope for holidays was inspiring, it is always amazing to see how the community gives to support our families,” says ECEAP Campaign Program Lead, Shannon Griffiths. “I also received wonderful, helpful feedback on how to improve our process and give the greatest impact to the donor.”

Our Women’s Opportunity Center Director, Kim Choat, shares a similar sentiment, saying “Our donors are remarkable! The Women’s Opportunity Center participants are so happy and grateful. It means so much to give their children a happy holiday and to be included with thoughtful and beautiful gifts for themselves was the icing on the cake. Thank you, Spokane!”

From everyone at YWCA Spokane, we are so thankful to have seen such generosity. Thank you to all who help ensure a special season for so many during what can often be such a difficult time of year. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

See our gallery below!

Thank you to all the individuals and organizations who ensured holiday joy to our women and families. We are so grateful to you all!

By: Olivia Moorer

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