The holidays are coming and not everyone has a family to celebrate with.
The Executive director with The Family Shelter, Jeri Slone says “it’s the best Christmas we’ve ever had… and we hear that a lot.”
One thing around the holidays that comes to mind is family, and The Family Shelter — a shelter that takes care of domestic abuse victims — is providing just that.
“We end up being a natural part of their family because we are such a support system for them,” Sloane explained.
It’s called the Adopt-A-Mom program.
A sponsor for Adopt-A-Mom, Graciela Casarez, says “I am a mom.”
Where members of the community get assigned a family at the shelter to provide gifts for them…
“So, no matter what, whose child this is, mine or anybody else, I want to help,” said Casarez.
Slone says community reach-out is vital because control is such a huge part of domestic violence.
“A lot of the abusers don’t allow our victims to work, so when they come they don’t have a job, and then they have to obtain child car and vehicle and things like that so they don’t really have the monetary resources to provide,” she added.
For Graciela, it is more than just the gift she knows these families will take away.
“The true meaning behind it is the thought the love behind something you’re giving, doesn’t matter how much the dollar signs is on the tag,” says Casarez.
Community outreach helps to show these mothers that there is hope for them.
“It also shows them that they are not judged,” says Slone.
Slone says the holidays can make victims feel as though they lack power not being able to provide for their children. Having gifts readily at the shelter for them gives these families a day of peace.
“Family doesn’t have to be blood relations, it can be friendships,” said Casarez.
The Adopt-A-Mom program isn’t about what you are buying these mothers, but why you are making their holidays special.
They are providing Christmas for 32 women and 49 children.
To be a part of the Adopt-A-Mom program, you can call The Family Shelter at (325) 656-3824, or e-mail the Jeri Slone at email@example.com.
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