Tyler, Wendy, and I started this crazy journey — 300 days ago! This is going to be long, so I will start with the most important part. Believe in yourself and never let anyone tell you that you are not capable of the things you set out to do. We are all capable of unimaginable things if we have the guts and confidence to try. Very few people believed Tyler could get clean and fewer believed he would go on to impact hundreds of lives in a million different ways (all in 300 days).
I admire Tyler for the way he fights every single day to stay clean and for his willingness to share his journey with others. Being part of his journey has made me a more patient person (always one of my downfalls). I’ve met so many inspiring people in the last 10 months. The three of us are amazed by how many people truly want to help others. When you volunteer with DCS, your life will be changed. It’s impossible to not be moved. Where will we be in another 300 days? I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE. We keep saying, “thank you” to our volunteers and community, but it really doesn’t do our feelings justice. Please know your support is felt by the three of us and beyond.
If you haven’t heard – we are having a gala at Watermark Country Club on Tuesday, February 26. The wonderful people at Watermark Country Club donated their space for our use and we plan to fill every seat. Tickets are available now! Click here for more details and email me if you’re interested in sponsoring and/or providing auction items! firstname.lastname@example.org
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BIG NEWS X2!
Part 1: By now many of you know of the huge need for winter boots in our community. One of our volunteers literally removed her own boots and went home in socks yesterday. We reached out to Wolverine World Wide and asked for boots for the men and women on our wait list. We were blown away by their response. Next week we will be receiving shipments to cover the people on our list and more. ADDITIONALLY – we received several large boxes stuffed with amazing apparel.
What feels better than getting to know an individual and being able to make an impact on the spot? We want to share that feeling with some of our super heroes who give so much to DCS and/or of themselves to our community. That is why, Jessica Crigier, John Whitten, Brittany Krenzke, Sarah Smith, Mary Ellen Crigier, Jonathan Ted Bates, Elaina and Johan Sebastian Botts, and Mary DeBoer will each be receiving several pairs of the unspoken for boots to give to those in need. Each pair will be marked with a purple J on the bottom. We ask that you share Jordan’s legacy with each person who receives boots. Big thank you to the men and women at Wolverine Boots & Apparel that made this happen!
Part 2: Lots of people are asking when and how they can help next. The DCS team has been hard at work trying to figure out ways we can impact our community before our campus is built. With all of your help and contributions, we’ve served over 500 individuals and given out over $45k in new items in 2018.A person facing homelessness faces more in a day than the average person can imagine. Picture carrying everything you own on your back, every single day. Things are lost and as seasons change, it’s impossible to preserve items. We want to change this.In late March we will be hosting a block party. Individuals can sign up in advance and when they arrive they can pack up their winter items in a box which will be labeled and stored for the winter. New socks and shoes will be provided at this time! There will be two dates in the fall when boxes are returned. Being a DCS block party – there will be food, live music, therapy dogs, several feet care stations, haircuts, and community!Prior to the block party, we are also hosting a gala in February! Email me if you’d like details (email@example.com).