For SMART’s community awareness team, the Sunshine Group, the holiday season is a great time to help others. Thanks to the efforts of Sojourner House, we were able to sponsor a family in need from their Share the Spirit Program. This program has been helping families with financial needs for the past 10 years. Manager of Immigration Advocacy, Gloria Greenfield explained that “Many of the families are getting back on their feet, are jobless, or they had been relying on the abuser for financial support.” This year was Sojourner House largest drive to date. Organizations, business, families, and individual donors supported 39 families, totaling 115 individuals. “It’s such an amazing feeling to see the client’s faces when they realize that their holidays are totally different than what they expected and that their children will receive gifts…” said Gloria.
Sharing the Spirit
After participating for several years, this has now become a holiday tradition for us at SMART. We were thrilled to collect and give wishlist items to local families who are starting over. As each gift was brought in, we began to see a trend. Everyone who participated not only gave the selected wish list item but also gave a little extra. Being able to give to those who have little, reminds us all of what really matters.
About Sojourner House
For 40 years, Sojourner House has helped victims of domestic violence. As a comprehensive domestic violence agency, they primarily serve Providence and northern Rhode Island. Their services include advocacy, shelter, referrals, and other resources. Additionally, Sojourner House works in surrounding communities providing violence prevention education programs.Learn more…