Awhile back we wrote about the economy falling apart and how it was having a negative impact on our families and children at the edge of poverty. Since then we have seen even more decline in the economy, higher gas prices, increased food costs and more homes going on the auction block after repossession.
Today we saw one of the largest declines in the history of the stock market. One report by the Governor of New York said that as many as 30,000 jobs could be going away on Wall Street. These are not $10.00 per hour jobs. These folks make hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
The bottom line? Our business of helping poor women, children and families and especially victims of child abuse is one of the few businesses that are still growing. We are sad to say it, but we do not see any end in sight and frankly we need your help.
We can not imagine not being able to provide a child friendly facility, a team of professionals from social services to medical professionals to trained child abuse investigators to take care of these innocent victims. As you might imagine many of the wonderful people who were able to help us in the past are now finding themselves in difficult times and can’t continue. So here we are an increasing need with more and more children and declining resources to help.
Last week, like an angel from heaven, our local hospital, St. John’s of Berryville, their Foundation and the Sisters of Mercy decided to reach out and make a difference by sponsoring seven of our children. We are so deeply grateful for their thoughtfulness and compassion. Their example of joining in the effort even when so many small community hospitals are also suffering from the weak economy and rising costs speaks to all of us.
I’ve included St. John’s Hospital’s press release because they say it better than we could. Working together to make life better for abused children. If you would like to join St. John’s in helping click here
to go to our secure on-line donation site.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEP 15, 2008
ST. JOHN’S DONATION TO HELP CHILD VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY
St. John’s Foundation – Berryville presented a $2,520 check to The Merlin Foundation, a nonprofit charity providing assistance to victims of child abuse, rape, and domestic violence in the Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas. The donation was provided by the Sisters of Mercy who are part of the Regional Community of St. Louis – a group of Sisters who engage in a variety of ministries that serve women, children, the poor and the uneducated. The funding will allow St. John’s Foundation – Berryville to sponsor seven local children.
“As our economy has deteriorated, the needs have increased dramatically, and unfortunately, our donors are having difficulties too. This is the time we must all pull together and partner to improve Carroll County,” said Dr. Merlin Leach, Executive Director for The Merlin Foundation.
“We applaud the many good works Merlin and the Foundation have done to assist women and children in this community; and as part of our mission, we are grateful to be supporting this program,” said Kristy Noble, St. John’s Hospital – Berryville President.
The Merlin Foundation is dedicated to providing health, education, social services, advocacy and lobbying on behalf of children, women and families, to make tomorrow better than today for future generations.
“The Merlin Foundation is a vital asset to Carroll County. St. John’s Foundation – Berryville is pleased to partner in the outreach efforts of the Merlin Foundation which has, and continues to, assist women and children across Northwest Arkansas,” explained Nicole Hoppel, St. John’s Foundation – Berryville Executive Director.
About St. John’s Foundation – Berryville
St. John’s Foundation – Berryville manages the fundraising activities of St. John's Hospital-Berryville with a goal of enhancing health services to the Region. Currently, St. John’s Foundation-Berryville supports health care scholarships, new technology and capital needs for St. John’s Hospital-Berryville. In addition, the foundation has the responsibility for planned giving and other areas of support for the hospital.