We are so thankful and very fortunate to have held our Super Heroes Fundraiser in February before the shutdown. The youths we serve were in desperate situations before this pandemic and happily we have been able to help them with the monies we raised – thanks to super generous SUPERHEROES.
Since then, one of our Partners, LA County Specialized Response for Commercial Sexual Exploited Children (CSEC), has had many requests because the children they serve have been among the hardest hit. We have bought single beds and mattresses, paid for Lyft rides to get victims to medical appointments, and paid for short-term housing for some until the Social Worker can find permanent and appropriate housing. One 14 year old girl was rescued 9 months pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. We were able to buy her a baby stroller and another $400 worth of essential baby items. Happily, she is a wonderful and loving mother and working hard to put her life back together to insure her baby has a wonderful life ahead.
GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE Foundation has bought 100 Chromebooks for the students of Learning Works Charter School, another of our Partners. Learning Works is all about graduating youths who have dropped out of mainstream education. Their students are homeless teens (yes – homeless teens still want to get a diploma to get off the street), teen mothers, Foster kids, and other in-crisis youths. Learning Works has kept their doors open during this pandemic because they don’t just provide education. They feed these youths breakfast and lunch, give them a place to shower and wash their clothes, has a food bank, and has therapists on duty to help them maneuver through the everyday and pandemic emotional ups and downs. The Chromebooks are commonly the first electronic device these children have ever owned and they help these students continue their studies while teachers are sequestered.
Yes. We have been busy, very busy. And, as I said at the start of this letter, we are so very thankful to each and every one who has helped us to serve these youths in need. Without your generous support none of this is possible.
We hope you are all safe, well and on the path to returning to a new and better normal. As you do, please know your support has truly improved the lives of so many in this short time since our February fundraiser.
With sincere gratitude,
Founder & Board Chairperson
GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE Foundation
GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE is a Foundation of dedicated professionals serving LA County youths and young adults in-crisis, at risk, homeless or in foster care, and victims of Human Trafficking.
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