Did you know that the holiday season is one of the hardest times for young women living in group homes?
For most of us, it’s a magical season spent decorating, finding the perfect gift, sipping hot cocoa and visiting with loved ones. Unfortunately, for many of the young women that come through the doors at Arrabon House it’s a harsh reminder of the life they don’t have, families they won’t see, presents they won’t get, and stories they won’t have to share.
You can help change that. By supporting Arrabon House, you can bring the joy of the season to our girls. With your donation, you will help them feel love and support, while enjoying activities, treats, and positive bonding experiences.
Please consider making a gift today that will improve the lives of more than 80 young women in our Arrabon family. Because of support from people like you, we have been able to transform the lives of hundreds of young women – we want to share one woman’s story with you.
"Although I never thought this day would stand out, I remember exactly how my first day at Arrabon House went…
I was picked up by a staff member and they helped me move my belongings into my room. I remember feeling very anxious about moving to Arrabon which made me shy, quiet, and distant, but the staff were so kind and welcoming.
On top of my anxiety, I was lonely being in a new place so after unpacking I fell asleep. Suddenly it was dinner time and a staff woke me up to come down and join everyone.
Instantly my anxiety shot up. The staff working that night, Wendy and Natalie, were really nice and genuine. Halfway through dinner my anxiety was gone and I began to feel comfortable. After one week I felt completely relaxed at Arrabon and I was happy to call Arrabon House my home!
Before moving into Arrabon I lived a very independent life so it was a big adjustment to have people around that cared about you.
I worked through those issues though and in the end, my favorite thing about Arrabon House was that you always felt genuinely cared for and loved by the staff. You were able to have a special connection with each person, and while not perfect, it felt like family.
With Arrabon’s support I passed my classes that year, got certified in CPR, a job as a camp counsellor, and saved money so I could live on my own.
I moved out nearly one year later and it wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t Arrabon. That was the moment I realized I had to take everything I learned at Arrabon and apply it to my own life.
Now, I am living in Loft Community Housing, finishing high school, working two jobs –one as a nanny and one as a barista – and managing my life and many appointments.
In the end, the one thing I am proud of is still being alive.
Life is not easy. I applaud each person that is going to hell and back but still try their best to make it through each day!"
Please consider making a gift today. Your donation will be used where it is needed most, to help young women like Olivia.