Hey Friends- Please consider joining me in supporting RESPOND, Inc.'s "No Gala" Gala. Although I am disappointed that we do not get to be together in person I am glad that I don't have to wear a dress. :)
I have been working at RESPOND for over 14 years and I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to impact someone's life in a positive way. I love all of my clients but there are several that will always have a special place in my heart. Like one of my favorite kids that lived in our shelter. She has a smile that lights up the universe and she just radiated joy as she cartwheeled down the long hallway. There was the hotline caller that I spoke to and with the help of local police coordinated her escape. When her family came into shelter her daughter exclaimed "this place is bigger than Hannah Montana's house." Or one of my favorite babies who reminded me of a little orangutang when she walked because her belly would stick out. She was just about 2 months old when she came to RESPOND with her Mom and we got to watch her blossom and grow into a spunky little toddler when they finally found a safe home of their own. There was the client with two black eyes, a brusied face and swollen lip that came into our Community Center and asked "what happens to women like me?" and I wanted to say "You will be ok. We got you!" but I said something more professional instead but in my heart I knew "we got you now!"
Gala, is our biggest fundraising event of the year and this is the second year we have not been able to hold our gala in person. Every dollar amount big or small helps and allows us to continue to provide these life saving services in the community and beyond.
Please consider donating!
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!