Receiving appliance for shelter
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me"
Running the race, we keep falling getting up brushing off, and getting back on the road again. Greeting from the Board of Directors, Staff, and clients of Mary Open Doors. It is with a grateful heart that we extend our gratitude and thanks to all who have prayed for us, donated time, energy, finance, encouragement, or contributed in any way to the organization.
As we close the third quarter for the year 2020, we continue to face challenging times. But this is not new to us it’s the very essence of our work. We have supported five families offsite with food. One was our client with two children. The mother was tested positive for COVID and had no way of supporting herself while in quarantine. Three of the five families continue to receive assistance. This assistance is made possible through generous community members. We have accepted another family into the shelter for three months working with the women’s department. We have assisted Ms. Joy(real name hidden for the privacy of individual) of the WEE woman’s group with school supplies for children. Our homeless person died on August 2nd and was buried with the aid of Mary Open Doors, several community members, Belize Cancer Society, Sacred Heart Parish.
We are also reporting that our source of funding from Kings Ransom Foundation has been canceled due to COVID. We are tremendously grateful to this organization, who has been one of our first donors since the opening of MOD. WE pray that as they too face their challenges that they will be blessed abundantly to continue their much-needed work. As we embrace our trials we pray, hope, and trust that as this door closes others will open. We continue to reach out to businesses and the community at large for assistance to keep the organization open. So far, we have received many negative responses. But we are still hopeful and positive all will be well. It seems positive that The Government of Belize will continue to fund our house mother position. We also receive from GOB a double bed mattress, cleaning agents, and hand sanitizers to help with keeping our shelter properly sanitized. On the 13th August, we receive a generous gift of a Mabe stove from Mr. Fred(real name hidden for the privacy of individual) for our shelter which will replace the one we have that is not working properly. Everything little counts at this time and we are grateful and determine to persevere and to keep serving or community, women and children affected by domestic violence.
As families are put in a more difficult position due to COVID, with loss of employment and cost of living increased, A single mother finds herself in a serious situation having to make critical decisions to secure the wellbeing of herself and her children. Meeting her basic needs has become a nightmare.
Another applied for unemployment but was not accepted quote “feeling devastated and lost not know where to turn or how I would make it past another week as a single mother it is not easy being sick…especially not knowing where the other meal is going to come from.”
WE at Mary Open Doors hold every family of our community in our hearts and pray God will bless each area of our lives as we continue to trust and believe that this is a time to be compassionate to each other because there is no other way. It is in giving that we receive.