It’s that time of year, when we reach out and ask all of our supporters for their contributions. The time is certainly now: we need private funding more than ever to ensure we can keep providing these services. It’s only together that we save lives and offer hope when there is nowhere else to go. Without your gift we could not continue to offer our services. Please donate before we reach the end of 2016 and welcome a new year with optimism and community involvement.
ANNUAL APPEAL 2016
Dear Concerned Community Member,
I recently had the opportunity to spend time with a young man we will call E.S., who, thanks to you, is on his way to getting his life back on track at the Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC). As E.S. shared his story about family and love, struggle and shame, what stood out to me the most was his depiction of the forces driving him forward.
“I told myself that first night, I’d rather die than sleep outside again…”
Eddie told me about his early years in an unstable home, serving as a primary caretaker of his younger brother until he left for college. Substance abuse ran in his family, and he hoped that distance from home would prevent him from finding trouble. Eddie worked hard, asserted and harnessed his leadership skills, and was named captain of his college baseball team, but he carried guilt surrounding leaving his younger brother behind. After graduating Eddie returned home and his behavior slipped into self-proclaimed denial. He didn’t realize that his excessive college drinking was a symptom of a drinking problem and then things fell apart.
“I was predisposed to addiction, but I didn’t think I was born an addict. I didn’t see my behavior mirroring my family’s…”
E.S. made many attempts to get on track. He started a family and had a son. He enlisted and served in the Army. Even with these opportunities, he could not maintain a successful or stable life. He lost family connections, his job, and his home, and found himself alone and on the streets. His story is all at once unique to him and shared by many others.
“I got honest with myself and put the self-pity and ignorance aside. This isn’t the legacy I want to leave my son.”
LTLC has an open door for people like Eddie who want to end life on the streets. Our staff treats each person looking for help with dignity as we offer stability, housing solutions and life skills for a better future. Everyone at LTLC is fighting for Eddie, and for all of those who face life-changing hardships – loss of a home or job, a health crisis, divorce, and for some like Eddie, the tremendous weight of addiction. No one should have to beg for support or feel emotionally crippled by life on the streets.
“I can honestly say I’m blessed and grateful to be here.”
E.S. is not alone. LTLC works with over 1300 adults every year, bringing stability to their lives by addressing health concerns, helping to secure income and employment, and most importantly to find and maintain housing. We restore dignity through compassionate human interaction, the provision of clothing you’d share with your own neighbors, and nutritional, healthy food.
When I start to see the first snowflakes, my thoughts increasingly turn to those in need, like E.S., who once faced or who are currently facing cold nights and uncertainty. The upcoming season of giving also stirs feelings of deep appreciation at LTLC for the year-round gifts we receive from supporters like you. As the ice and snow form a white blanket over the city in the coming weeks and months — our staff, volunteers, board members, and you, our valued supporter, form the multiplying power of a community that comes together to effectively solve the problem of homelessness.
Can we count on your financial support this year? Your annual or monthly gift will directly impact the lives of people in critical need in the Merrimack Valley by providing social services, medical care, employment, education assistance, help with personal finances and the basic necessities of clothing, food, and shelter. Please help us on our mission to end homelessness.
Thank you from everyone at LTLC,
P.S. Everyone who makes a donation, hosts a drive, or volunteers this December will have their contribution on a snowflake on our dayroom wall (contact email@example.com to learn more and include your personal message of hope to our clients).
LTLC Board: Gary Baker, President • Annmarie Galli, Vice President • Ellen Breen, Treasurer • Philip Maynard, Clerk • Larry Beane, Attorney • Sean Moriarty • Georgianna Harris • Michael Szabados • Patricia Cox • Joan Nickerson • Virginia Crocker Timmins
Staff: Jayde Campbell, LICSW, Director • Jennifer Sagalyn, Director of Development • Elizabeth Higgins, Case Management Supervisor • Tameika Thomas, Triage Supervisor • Janet Barsorian, Food Services Manager