November 3, 2014
Dear Partners with WIHN,
Don’t worry; I’m not going to ask you to do the “ice bucket challenge”. (However, I wish I’d thought of that fundraising technique!) I do want to introduce you to one of our newest WIHN board members, Lisa M. Mills, who was a WIHN guest in 2010. Lisa has this to say about WIHN:
“My experience as a guest at WIHN was wonderful, and at times I miss it (although not the predicament I was in). The staff and volunteers always made me and my sons feel comfortable and welcome, especially since we were new to the North Carolina area. We were treated with respect and dignity. Everyone was so optimistic for us even during the time when I myself wasn’t. I was always made aware of any programs that were available or that would be suitable to my needs. I would get that push to know that I don’t have to become dependent on the system, that I can and will succeed, and for that, I am grateful. But for me, the BEST thing about the WIHN program was that they were able to keep me and my sons together during a time that we needed each other because there were no other shelters or programs that would accept older male children. For that one reason alone, I will forever be so thankful.”
2014 was a very exciting year for WIHN, as we also had our first WIHN guest qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home! This amazing occurrence was made possible by our partnership with the Triangle Apartment Association. In order to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, a family must have at least one year of good rental history, and the Triangle Apartment Association helps makes that possible through our collaborative New Lease on Life program.
We are asking for your assistance to help support our vision of ending family homelessness in the Wake community. The WIHN program is based on case management and education, not handouts. Thanks to wonderful partners like you, we have a success rate of 85% of families who remain in permanent housing a year after leaving our program! If we receive your donation between November 1 and February 1, The Stewards Fund will match, dollar-for-dollar, gifts from those who have not given in the past 18 months or an increased amount of giving from those who have been faithfully partnering with us. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.
Ann R. Sandve
President, Board of Trustees