Today we have a post from board member Amber Wheeler - Amber can be seen in the picture with the awesome red hair! She importantly highlights the habit many people have of taking things for granted...
I often try to picture what it’s like… to be homeless, without work, no food to eat. It sends shivers up my spine to think of living in the very thing I run from when carrying groceries from my car… the cold. I jokingly say I’m “hangry” (hungry and angry) when I’m starving… in all reality, I don’t know what its like to truly be hungry. Often times, I’ll walk into my home and hate how dirty I’ve left it and vow to get rid of everything I have just for less clutter. There again, I’m lucky to have that clutter. Its incredible what we take for granted each day. Imagine living in your car, hungry and cold… for most of us, it’s hard to wrap our minds around the thought.
We have this unofficial motto around the YWCA… that we want to give women a ‘hand up’ not a ‘handout’. As soon as a woman walks through our doors, the work begins. They’re worked with on an individual basis to find work and proper housing. In the meantime, they find comfort in knowing that their car is no longer their home.
We recently held our annual Women of Distinction banquet. Summing it up in one word: success. Success in fundraising for the shelter… success in honoring strong women… success in an overall incredible night. This absolutely, positively, most certainly (you get my point) could not have happened without help from our sponsors. Without your continued support, we wouldn’t be who we are:
Former first lady, Mike Hoeven was the guest speaker. We also heard from two shelter residents (not a dry eye in the house… and yes, I’m a cryer) Nine women and one business were honored for spearheading our agenda in their own communities. Not to mention, the hilarious and witty Chris Kelly from WGO knocked it out of the park as our MC. It was heartwarming to know we’re not alone in our mission to empower women.
If you couldn’t make it this year, there will always be next year! Check out our Facebook page for pictures from this year… we’re facebook.com/ywcaminot. If you attended, thank you! As a board member, it gave me butterflies to look up during dinner and see so many of you there supporting the shelter. You’re allowing these women to have the opportunity to also have a cluttered home and a grocery sprint into their own house… and for that, we thank you!