Because of the experience we have gained since we began, we are better able to minister to our residents. The staff holds the residents accountable with the result that the moms are more program compliant. This means that more time, energy and resources can go into meeting more of the residents’ own long term goals. TLC is moving beyond simply providing basic necessities to a new level where we are able to inspire greater success.
One new program is ministering to the children at TLC. Our oldest children are five or six which means we have them with us during their most formative years. We now have Story Ladies who come just before bedtime to read to the children, pray with them, and send them off to bed feeling extra special. Since reaching this new generation is at the heart of TLC, we are very, very grateful to now be able to provide this simple, but very important activity.
Those same children will wake up at TLC on Christmas morning expecting gifts and they will not be disappointed. Our young moms will not be forgotten either. Everyone will partake of gifts, decorations, and holiday foods again this year. Wish lists were written and will be filled by some very generous folks from Tone U gym. We want to thank everyone for their seasonal generosity. As the holidays approach, still others are asking what they can do to help.
With so many blessings and Christmas already provided for, what else could TLC possibly need? We do have another significant need that is not quite so obvious. TLC needs financial support. Since we do not receive government funding, we must raise all of our own funds. Our staff works without pay, but it still costs money to supply families with shelter, utilities, classes, transportation and most other necessities (like toilet paper and laundry soap). This gift can’t be wrapped and tied with a pretty bow, but it does help make TLC a reality twelve months of the year. We have a few monthly supporters, and need more. That money is needed for taking care of the bills and is greatly appreciated.
You can probably guess what TLC wants for Christmas. We want more people who will send in regular monthly pledges (any amount from $10 to $500+). We also want your generous one-time donation to help offset annual expenses such as insurance and taxes or to allow us to expand our program. Please bless our program in this very meaningful way. Thank you.