Dashing through the snow, ho, ho, ho… The hustle and bustle of the season has set in. We are all feverishly trying to get the gifts bought, wrapped, and under the tree. The plans for family time, Christmas caroling, laughter, and holiday cheer are filling our calendars.
This time of year I am also reminded of the generosity of our community. AAFV has been blessed this season by the generosity of food drives, coat drives, and community members raising funds for the on-going needs of our organization. We truly live in an extremely compassionate community! Every day, we at AAFV get the honor of seeing lives transformed because of your generosity and willingness to support our mission, providing hope, healing, and strength to those we serve.
It is my sincere desire that each of you have a very blessed holiday season. Please enjoy your families and your time together. Some don’t know the joy of the holiday season. Treasure your families and your time with them.
It is so hard to believe that a new year is again at hand. The older I get, the faster time flies! But, let’s not get ourselves in a tizzy for what’s to come. My hope is a joyous holiday season for you, your families and friends!
Have a blessed holiday season!!
– Kimberly Deugan, Executive Director
Avenues for Hope
The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge launched on Thursday, December 8th. The goal of the Avenues for Hope campaign is to strengthen housing-related nonprofits throughout Idaho by encouraging individual donations to help prevent homelessness and improve affordable housing options. A small donation of just $25 can help provide housing to women and children in 2017! Plus you can win Opera tickets! (See below)
Win Opera Tickets
Success Stories – Cassandra
One of the residents of Hope’s Door Shelter recently sent us a letter thanking us for our service and the help she received. Read Cassandra’s story and learn how Hope’s Door helped her get through some of the most difficult times of her life and overcome her addictions.
“Hi, my name is Cassandra and I suffer from mental illness. I am also a recovering addict and a recovering alcoholic. But most of all, I am a survivor of domestic violence! I come from the streets, gangs, bikers, sex, drugs, and alcohol. A self-medicating schizophrenic.
I would use drugs to medicate myself and I was too paranoid to seek help. Due to being on the streets and using, I got myself into trouble with the law DUI after DUI. Nobody understood what I was going through and I chose to be alone. I was deep in my illness and I left my family and my children. I didn’t know how to take care of them, let alone myself.”