This post is in partnership with YMCA of Central Ohio, however, all thoughts are my own.
I became a mom a little over six years ago. That day changed my entire world and was one of the best moments of my life. Motherhood can be magical, but for some moms, magical moments don’t occur as often as they wish. This Holiday season I am helping bring awareness to those moms, particularly women with children who are experiencing homelessness, by partnering with the YMCA of Central Ohio and the Give Her Hope campaign.
Homelessness in Central Ohio
Unsurprisingly, during the winter months the number of people experiencing homelessness increases. The YMCA of Central Ohio assists families all year round, but provides services to many more individuals during this season than others. The Van Buren Center in Downtown Columbus sees an average of 250 women, 30 expectant mothers and 227 children each night. Their shelter and placement services, along with 60 partnering agencies, are keeping these families together during their most difficult times and circumstances.
Here’s a look at what one woman has experienced with homelessness and the YMCA:
Give Her Hope
All people, but especially children, are greatly impacted by their stays in shelters. Staying in such space can take a toll both mentally and emotionally. Knowing and seeing children go without is heartbreaking, which is why your donation is needed. One hundred percent of donations are used to help these children’s mothers get the needed assistance to gain stability.
Give & Receive
Donate a gift of $10 or more and you’ll receive a Bracelet of Hope. Your bracelet will not only help families, but will be a reminder of your support and your interconnection with those in need.