There is only one way to embrace what we are all currently enduring in our lives today, “Love each other as I have loved you”. We at Mary Open Doors extend warm and sincere greetings to all involved with the organization who continue to support us in any way possible. Words will never be able to compensate or impart our truest feeling of gratitude. We would like you to know that we will continue to strive to keep the doors open with your help.
The President is trying to schedule a Board of Directors meeting as soon as possible to discuss the upcoming Raffle fundraiser for November 2021, hoping this will help with the overhead cost of running the organization. We are receiving monthly donations of two food baskets to support families at the shelter. Also received were some school supplies. Today we are pleased to inform you that we have received our Certificate of Good Standing from the Government. Presently we are Bze. $3,500 away from owning our shelter. Sadly, we have had to dismiss our house mother due to a lack of funds. We pray we will be able to rehire them when funding becomes available as she is a core member of the organization. We are struggling but remain positive and confident that this too shall pass.
Shelter update: we have served 4 families and ten children over the last three months, plus three families off-site. One offsite family was assisted with immediate removal from the situation, court preparation, and food. Another with transportation for the first week of employment enabling her to secure income for her family and an elderly with food assistance. We were also approached to house a woman in an abusive relationship who was diagnosed with cancer, fortunately, family members were reached and they were able to house her we continued to offer support when we can. We are also working with one client on-site who is preparing to undergo surgery with the help of Women’s Department San Ignacio, her sixteen years old daughter has been accepted at Sacred Heart College and is currently doing classes online.
Once again thank you for your continued support and together we will continue to do the best that we can given our circumstances because of the additional pressure with covid, nonetheless, we will have a greater outcome. It is not magic we are willing to allow our challenges to become our motivation to go on. God Bless us all!
Saving Families: "The core of our Human Experience"
By Anna Silva | Co-Founder
28th May, 2021
Theme: Saving Families: “The core of our Human Experience “
Greetings! Supporters, donors, friends, Board of directors, and associates. Once again it is with a grateful heart we extend our sincere thanks for your vital help and motivation at this time, as we continue together to do our best to enable the organization to remain in operation and function at capacity. Experiencing difficulties is not new to us at MOD, we are pushing forward.
A Board of Directors meeting was held in which members are trying to brainstorm on ways to get the office/resource center open on a regular basis again. A clothes sale to raise funds was organized and will be held this Saturday to assist the organization with overhead expenses. Also, we are awaiting a visit from the organization of Special Envoy for women and children which was reschedule, hoping that we will be able to get some assistance from them and can establish a working partners relationship to further assist and address Families affected by domestic violence.
Shelter Update, it was with regret that we have had to ask a client to leave because of constant drug use at the facility. Successful relocation of a family out of the country. We have assisted 5 families and the shelter continues to function at full capacity with House Mother and assistance from the Women’s department.
Making a new connection, recognizing and assisting Ms. Stacy who had been with MOD many years and is now at The Inspiration Center, she says and I quote “I am Being trained so well, it has really made me see MOD from a wider perspective and I would still like to help when I can”. Moving on but not letting go, Stacy, you will always be a part of the MOD family.
Reconnecting with an old partner, Word at Work has donated 10 boxes of “lintels and vegetables” to the organization which was shared within the community for those in need.
Celebrating women’s month in May, brought Mr. Andre, of DFC, bearing gifts of cakes recognizing the work being done at Mary Open Doors. Please accept our thanks to all who continue to help keep Mary Open Doors in operation we cannot do it without you all. God Bless!
Blessed New Year greeting to all our Board of Directors, clients, friend, and supporters of Mary Open Doors and to the GlobalGiving teams. Margaret Mead once said, “It only takes a few committed people to change the world indeed it’s the only thing that ever has”.
In the last three months, we have accommodated five families affected by domestic violence the nature of these cases varies. Two out of the five cases was incest. One was a returned family. In total, we had four new and I returned the case. We had some very challenging times but our gratefulness far out weights the challenges. One client had Covid but the children were all negative. We experience the amazing compassion of our friends and supporters coming to her aid and for this we are grateful. Women are strengthened by the many trials they experience as they continue to single-handedly seek to provide protect and guide their children. But the most heartbreaking part is the effect this has on the children. With covid and the flood experienced in the latter part of 2020, we have definitely seen the rise in domestic violence.
As a part of the annual 16 days of activism, against gender-based violence, on 23rd Dec. Our President Mrs. Particia Flores represented Mary Open Doors with the Women’s Commission on the Channel 5 TV show Open Your eyes, discussion focus on why it’s hard to understand why victims of Domestic Violence remain in abusive relationships. They wanted to offer the professionals the opportunity to share about the cycle of violence that traps victims of Domestic Violence. They also wanted to share information about the services available and where you can go for help. We have also received a donation of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers, masks to assist us with following the protocol regarding COVID-19.
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