Actionable Hope in 2022: Refresh for Relief
A Message from Director of Philanthropy Bre Hill
I thought about our word of the year--Hope. As SFNC donors responded, they pointed out that SFNC is all about "actionable hope"--not daydreaming hope. They are right. We are "DOERS" and never stopped. As COVID is proving to be unparalleled to any challenge SFNC has faced before, we are up for the challenge! We utilize our Amanda Taylor Emergency fund to support our families in their most dire emergencies.
Since COVID, we helped thousands of individuals with various emergencies from food, housing, and medical insecurity to providing educational advocacy, closing the digital divide, and more--on a case by case basis and customized. Our families and community are no strangers to tough times, but we exhausted our emergency fund over the past two years. With the new Omicron spike, we are asking for help to refresh this fund for relief. [ Read more in special One Minute News ]
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.