For it is in giving, that we receive.
-Francis of Assisi
As Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, Christmas and Hanukkah approach, we know that many of you are looking to make a difference in your community. Those of us who are lucky enough to have happy holidays often want to share our good fortune, looking for ways to donate our time, talent and treasure so others can have a happy holiday season. Jeremiah’s Inn could use your help!
We operate a Residential Substance Abuse Recovery Program for 29 men at a time, serving more than 100 men each year. We also run a Nutrition Center, which provides food, nutrition education and health-related programming to more than 10,000 members of our community each year.
The holidays can be particularly difficult for our residents as they struggle with feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and despair. Many of the men have few ties left with family and friends. As a result, they end up spending the holiday here at the Inn. Many of them feel they have let everyone down — their family, friends, co-workers, their community. It’s a heavy burden to bear at what is supposed to be a happy time of year. Beyond this, our residents who are fathers often feel ashamed because they do not have the financial means to provide their children with a Christmas gift.
This time of year is hard for Nutrition Center clients, as well, who struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table for their families. The area served by our food pantry contains two of Worcester’s five Food Deserts (an area where people cannot access fresh, healthy food on a regular basis). In 2016, we provided food to more than 10,500 people, from diverse backgrounds, speaking many languages. Like many of the men we serve, our Nutrition Center clients cannot afford to provide their children with Christmas gifts.
I think we can all agree that everyone deserves a little joy, especially during the holiday season!
You can spread joy this holiday season by participating in our Holiday Wish Program. You can help by providing a holiday meal, and/or giving gifts for the men in our care, their children, and/or the children of our Nutrition Center clients. The 29 men we serve need basic items, such as undershirts, underwear, winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and work boots. We also have about 20 children that would love receiving a gift from their father for Christmas.
If you’re willing to help us out, please email our Communications Coordinator, Alyssa Dancause, as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 508.755.6403×10 to let her know how you can help.
Thank you in advance for making the holiday season happier for our residents, Nutrition Center clients, and their children!