This month, although slow, RFTS still fed 127 resilient adults, and 54 smiling children.
RFTS is not only a place for food. Clients have asked for clothes and hygiene. If RFTS is able to procure these items, then they do. In January, RFTS was able to give hygiene to every family that needed it as well as pull-ups, diapers, clothing and tons of pet food. All thanks to our wonderful donors!
The community is phenomenal! RFTS had a client who already lives on a very low-income and had an unexpected pregnancy. She then had the baby 3.5 months early (in the NICU) before she was able to plan how to accumulate any supplies. She was not only worrying about her 1.5lb baby, but also about how she was going to care for her when she got her home. RFTS asked the community for donations and they came through with everything the mother and baby needed and more. The mother and father were both in tears, completely relieved with a huge burden lifted.
"You have given my family more than food in our bellies, you have given us the very things we so desperately needed. You have given us hope. Bless you." (Mother of newborn)
Swapping Trash bags for Backpacks
Homeless Outreach Program
RFTS homeless outreach program seems simple, yet takes time, effort, love and plenty of supplies. Each backpack has a purpose. Not only does it supply necessities for the homeless but it also displays kindness, love and is used to build rapport.
RFTS vision is for the homeless community to see the RFTS logo, ask about it (or know what it is) and spread the name for others to ask for help. RFTS also inserts a laminated resource brochure into each backpack so that the individual can find help when they are ready. The purpose of lamination is so that it will not get ruined, wet or crinkled in their bag. The goal of the backpack is to provide them with life saving items and every day essentials, build trust, relationships, and allow them to reach for the stars when they are ready to do so.
Daytime Solar Educational Event
This month we gifted four different families a telescope. Spreading the joy of the beautiful sky, sense of serenity and a new hobby.
RFTS reached out to the families they gave telescopes to and the feedback was nothing but positive from both adults and children. See above for one of the latest responses.
Writing for grants is tedious, time consuming and takes experience. RFTS is taking every denial and every win as a learning experience.
RFTS won $500 worth of advertising material from 4Imprint and a $1,000 grant from Long Realty Cares towards the Telescopes for Youth Program! How exciting!
RFTS is looking for volunteers to help with grant writing and fundraising. If interested, please email us at email@example.com
RFTS has 2 New BOD's
Please welcome Ayla Linder (Marketing Director) & Racheal Eldridge (Financial Director) to the RFTS Team! We are so excited to have them on our team. Please visit our website link to read their Bios