Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have helped countless individuals with various emergencies from food, housing, and medical insecurity to providing educational advocacy, closing the digital divide, and more. Unfortunately, this period of strain for our families and community ultimately led to the exhaustion of our much-needed emergency fund.
As we look toward the future with the understanding that no one can foresee what the future may hold, we are asking for you help in replenishing this fund so that we can continue to provide a safety net to the individuals and families we serve when needed.
About the Amanda Taylor Emergency Fund
With this fund, St. Francis Neighborhood Center assists our families who find themselves in dire situations. We have assisted with medical emergencies, untimely deaths in the family, tragedies (such as a house fire or death due to gun violence), youth in need of food/clothing, illness, displaced youth, and more. We know our families, and when a true emergency arises, this fund gives us the flexibility to offer support and care as needed.
Amanda Taylor was a beautiful young woman who struggled with drug addiction and passed away too soon from a drug overdose. Her family wanted our youth and families to have support during a dire emergency, and this fund was created. To date, we have supported families who have been evicted and unable to move, youth who have lost family members to violent deaths, support of a youth who was shot, homelessness, medical emergencies, and more. We are thankful that Amanda's memory lives on with this emergency fund to help those in most dire need.