cf823e_747df5c0901b44ccbfc6bff8eb3d92c3mv2Back in January, I wrote an article about the power of relational giving, and how community was helping to build the Char Hope Foundation.  Now, here we are on #GivingTuesday, and I am even more thankful and filled with awe as I look back on what the Char Hope Foundation has accomplished, and where they are going in the future.

In January, the Char Hope Foundation opened the Emory House, a sober living community for women who are struggling with the diseases of addiction.  Since then, Emory House has supported 16 women in recovery, and they will have their first graduate from the program in the next couple of months.  The residents planted their first garden, and they learned how to freeze, cook, and can the fruits and vegetables they harvested.   In August, the Emory House residents showed their cattle at the Maryland State Fair.  The Char Hope Foundation has built a community that supports one another, supports education and outreach, and gives hope that they do recover.

Now we are moving into the Holiday Season.  Most of us spent last week celebrating thankfulness with our families, eating massive quantities of food, and then looking for great deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  Today is #GivingTuesday, which is an opportunity to give back.  Giving back is powerful.  It provides an avenue for using your strengths to help your community, while forming relationships and creating positive change.  While my heart is with Char Hope, I hope that you will find ways to channel your gifts into one of the world’s great needs.  There are many causes and nonprofits that could use your support.  Find the cause that matches your heart and your gifts.  If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Char Hope Foundation, please visit the website, donate on our #GivingTuesday campaign, or contact charhope@charhope.org.  Our mission is just beginning, and we can use your support.


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