UPDATE!!! YOU DID IT. YOU DID IT AND THEN YOU DID MORE.
You never stop showing up. Thank you for always showing up — for people you don’t know — to help heal the world by doing right by one precious person at a time. Thank you.
We needed $110,500 to give 19 Brave kids a chance to start a new life.
Then we found out 3 more kids needed us. So we asked you for more.
We needed $124,000. You gave $200,042. In 24 hours.
Because of YOU, our 22 Brave Ones get what they need!
AND GUESS WHAT ELSE? So will the Next Ten!! Those Ten – who without your support would have walked into City Living NY to courageously ask for the help they need and deserve, only to languish on a waitlist and face independent life utterly alone — will now find out that they do not have to be alone anymore.
You, this community – with our heartbreak, love, outrage and hope — are building the world we believe in. Let’s believe it and build it forever.
!!!!!!! IT’S LOVE FLASH MOB DAY!!!!!!!!!
Right now, there are 19 kids in NYC whose futures depend on us showing up today.
Please give $5, $10, or $25. It’s going to take all of us to reach this goal. As usual, 100% of what we receive from you will go to help these kids. You can give one-time or monthly tax-deductible donations here:
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
But neither are you free to abandon it.
– The Talmud
The world is full of grief and injustice. Here is how we remain undaunted: We stand up to relentlessly defend every human right, we continuously stand in the gap for each forgotten human – One Precious Person At A Time. Repeat Forever.
That’s what Love Flash Mobs are about – that’s what Today is about.
Right now, there are 19 kids in NYC whose futures depend on us showing up. As usual, 100% of what we receive from you will go out the door for them.
Do you remember what it felt like when you first moved out of your family’s home – to your dorm room or first apartment? Did your mom help you pack? Were you scared or excited–or as we call it in our house: ‘scited– because, while strange new adventures were ahead, you knew your family would always be there?
When your baby moves out, will you pick out new sheets, drive the truck, meet the roommate and whisper to her before you walk out the door: The best is ahead for you, my love. This will be hard. But we can do hard things. And you are not alone. We are here for you.
Right now, in New York City there are 19 kids who have spent their lives in foster care, most in many different homes – who, because they have “aged out” of the system – are forced to start a new life in a gigantic city, utterly Alone. Without a family, without a community, without the tangible things they need to start a life.
If that sounds like a nearly impossible way to start out, it’s because it is: 1 in 4 youth are homeless within 3 years of aging out of foster care.
So today we STEP INTO THIS GAP. We help mother these kids. To these brave, tenacious 19, we say: This will be hard. But we can do hard things. You are not alone. We are here for you.
We need to raise $110,500 today so these 19 youth are not alone and have what they need to start a new life. And so the world sees the magic that will happen when they achieve the fullness of their hopes and dreams.
Please share this post. Read it with your kids. Teach them what it means to love wider than your own homes and neighborhoods. Read these kids’ stories to your kids so they can learn what a warrior looks like.
Please give $5, $10, or $25. It’s going to take all of us to reach this goal: https://app.mobilecause.com/f/t82/n
Or you can text the word TR4DREAMS to the number 41444 to get a prompt to make a tax-deductible gift.
If we reach our goal of $110,500, we are going to be able to get each of these 19 kids what they need through City Living NY – an amazing organization dedicated to serving as family for youth aging out of the foster care system in all 5 NYC boroughs.
Your funds will go to hire a part-time social worker to establish one-on-one relationships with the 19 youth; provide each of them essential household goods – like pots and sheets and blankets; provide stability by funding mentors for counseling, education, and job training programs; and bring the youth together in community through monthly workshops focusing on group support, nutrition, credit repair, work readiness, and exercise.
Of the young adults who have partnered with City Living (25% of whom are young mothers): 0% have become homeless; 88% are employed or in a vocational program; 53% earn a living wage; 47% have graduated from associate or bachelor programs; and 100% have active medical coverage.
Please meet four ambassadors of the 19 kids we are helping today. These four incredible youth are currently in the program, and came here to tell you their stories – to explain to you what it meant to them when they were alone – so that you will make sure the 19 kids behind them have the same support, community and security.
“I was in foster care immediately from the hospital, so 21 years. I am currently aged out and living on my own in a studio apartment and work full time for the Department of Health. My dream for the future is to implement policies in colleges for foster youth to have housing and a meal plan, especially for school breaks and holidays. I experienced a great deal of anxiety around school breaks and vacations because I didn’t have a safe space to go home to while in college. Usually after aging out of foster care many youth are left alone to navigate the world with minimal resources. This is not right. City Living helped me grow on a personal and professional level. Most importantly they provided me with a family that I can count on.”
“I was in foster care for 10 years. My dream for my future is to be a woman who wakes up and loves what she does for a living every day, travels often, feels spiritually secure, and financially stable. I want people to know that aging out is a scary time in life for foster youth. I was in my last semester of college, trying to secure housing— very stressful! City Living has been my strongest support system. Aside from help with apartment essentials, City Living has provided emotional and mental support for me whenever I needed it. I never feel forgotten or put aside. The love is genuine, and they are my family.”
“I was in foster care for 7 years. Currently I am living on my own. My dream/goal for my future is to be an established actor. I know for sure my dream will become a reality one day, I just have to continue putting in the hard work. Growing up in the foster care system you unfortunately don’t get to choose your family, you just get assigned to any random bed. City Living is a support system, my chosen family, and a beacon of hope. Words can’t express how thankful I am.”
“I was in foster care since I was 3 years old along with my twin sister. I aged out of care 2 months before my 23rd birthday, totaling roughly 20 years in foster care. I transitioned into supportive housing and have been living in my apartment almost a year and a half. I currently work in a non-profit supportive housing facility that caters specifically to young adults and veterans in the LGBTQ community. I dream to go back to school so that I can accomplish my goal of making a difference in the daily lives of individuals that are impacted by the foster care system. In times I had nothing and needed everything, They delivered items to my house and helped me by making sure I had everything I needed when I first moved into my own home. My social worker has been a support system to me when facing things in my day- to-day life, and calls and emails me all the time. They have shown me they are here for me regardless of what happens.”
Thank you for proving, over and over, that There is No Such Thing as Other People’s Children. Let’s do it again today. Today, we need all of our small gifts to come together to change the world for these 19 kids.
You can give one-time or monthly donations to Together Rising here: https://app.mobilecause.com/f/t82/n
Or Text the word TR4DREAMS to the number 41444 to get a prompt to make a tax-deductible donation.
Every penny we receive from you will go out the door to help these kids.
Let’s Do This!
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