Her story is not uncommon. Abused and neglected as a young girl, she found herself tossed through the harsh waves of foster care and temporary families. For four years, this was her reality until she ended up back in the hands of her neglectful mother. A mother who then, tossed her out – once again.
For the past few years, she has slept on couches of those who invited her in, experiencing circumstances and situations that most of us cannot even begin to imagine.
Just a few months before the pandemic hit our country, her world was shaken once again. The temporary living arrangement that she had been given expired. Once again, she was left to her own devices. Left homeless and alone.
A girl with a dream, she had recently enrolled in college and had the ability to utilize part of her financial aid refund to sustain housing for herself. She was confident that her part time position would allow her to fund the monthly commitment of rent.
Yet, within weeks of moving in, her job came to an abrupt end. Now, she is forced to confront the barriers of unemployment, the loss of transportation (due to her car needing significant repairs that she cannot afford to resolve), and a pandemic that is literally crippling the world.
There is no family to turn to, no assistance that she is able to receive at this time through the government, and very few people that she can trust to help meet her basic needs.
She is one of our beautiful girls, and this is her story.
Each week, Daughters of Worth is rising up to help meet the needs of these precious girls of our communities. For girls like this precious one, there is no funding to purchase meals or groceries and no transportation to travel to spaces where free food is offered. Because she has graduated from high school, she is no longer eligible to receive the meals provided by the school system.
She is literally fighting for her life… doing what she can, where she is at, with what she has to cultivate a better tomorrow. We see her. We hear her. And we are here to advocate for her and all of the others – just like her.
Just as a single candle shining in the darkest of nights, Daughters of Worth exists to bring hope to the girls of our communities, surrounding her with a tribe to empower her through the journey and help her safely step into the future of her dreams!
This week alone, Daughters of Worth has served 40 of our girls and their families, providing 165 people with food, personal hygiene items, and activities for their kiddos during this difficult time.
Through our no contact delivery system, we are able to leave the weekly care package directly at the door step for families most in need. For so many of our families, these items are what is able to sustain their children with daily snacks, dinners, and weekend meals.
Items that we are currently in need of to serve our girls and their families:
- Pancake mix/syrup
- Granola Bars
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Canned vegetables
- Poptop canned items (Ravioli, Spaghetti-Os, etc.)
All donations can be dropped off at the office, located at 101 W. 14th St. Greenville. Days and times can be coordinated with Liz Liles: Liz@Daughtersofworth.org. To make a financial contribution to assist with this need, you can donate here.