We help people in crisis. And so much more!
Sexual Assault. Domestic violence. Child abuse. Homelessness. A desperate lack of basic needs. Pretty grim stuff.
We're here to help people get through such crises. Restore their hope. Help rebuild their lives.
But we're not just reactive. We're PROACTIVELY about prevention and building resilience, too.
Take our Kids Count program for children who've experienced or witnessed abuse, violence, or neglect, for example. It can be really tough for these kids to feel they belong, that they are as valued as other, "normal", kids in the community. Recently, our Kids Count kids have been involved in two great community projects:
- as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, they planted 300 daffodil bulbs along a walking path in Red Wing, working with adult volunteers and Master Gardeners. Come spring, they'll be able to see the - long-lasting - effect of this beautification project, as will the rest of the community, at a planned "Celebration of Children" during Child Abuse Prevention Month (April).
- our local United Way asked us to make a video for MN United Ways' "United Acts of Kindness Day." Not only did the kids film the video, but they acted in it, too, and learned a huge amount about video production and working as a team. Check out the very sweet video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ciF0YW4PE
Please give generously to support these creative projects AND the crisis work we've done for 27 years, for around 1,700 people annually in Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties!