What Does Home Mean To You?
When you lose a home, you lose more than shelter. You lose stability, security and human connections. And when your days are spent consumed with the anxiety of what your nights will bring, you lose the ability to move forward. SOS helps families move from loss to gain, from the isolating fear of homelessness to a stable home and reclaiming of their lives.
Where Do You Turn In Crisis?
Everyone, at one time or another, experiences crisis. And when a crisis hits, we all know the irreplaceable value of those who come alongside us to offer a kind word, wise counsel and a helping hand. Since 1970, SOS has been a lifeline for thousands of children, families and individuals in our communities by providing a constant and caring place to turn.
What Do You Give a Child?
Children delight in gifts. They relish play and are eager to learn. But the joys of childhood ultimately rest on a sense of security. Every parent can attest to the anxiety even seemingly small changes in routine can bring. Homelessness is a terrifying and deeply traumatic disruption for a child. SOS helps these children move from a place of fear to a place of freedom.
How Do You Show You Care?
We each have ways we most enjoy showing that we care. For some of us, it's through giving gifts. For others, it's devoting time or engaging in a kind act. SOS is strengthened by the talents of our partners and volunteers and the diverse forms their giving takes. We invite you to join us by exploring the ways you can best show you care.
Thank You to Our SOS Volunteers!
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
At SOS, we sincerely appreciate the hard work of all of our wonderful volunteers. We are honored to highlight the following volunteers who have gone above and beyond this year to positively impact SOS and the families we serve.
Molly Wozniak & Susan Boll: Children's Program Volunteers
Molly Wozniak & Susan Boll (pictured above) have volunteered with the SOS Girl Scouts Program since the fall of 2014. Every Wednesday, Molly and Susan generously provide education and entertaining activities to help the girls learn new skills and have fun with their peers.
Molly and Susan became SOS volunteers in an effort to be more involved in the community. They love interacting and building relationships with the girls and especially appreciate how the girls work together and help each other with projects.
"Volunteering with SOS has taught me a lot about homelessness and the impact is has on children. It's also shown me the resiliency of these girls and how SOS may brighten their future." - Molly
"Getting to know these girl scouts has shown me that no matter what path life takes you, these wonderful girl find happiness in the season, holidays, helping each other, family, friends and strangers. They have touched my heart in a remarkable way." - Susan
Thom Elliott: Food Program Volunteer
Thom Elliott has been a dedicated Food Program Volunteer since the summer of 2014 and has since taken on a leadership role during the food distribution process every Wednesday. In addition, he helps with stocking and unloading food on Mondays.
"Volunteering for SOS has given me a sense that I am actually contributing to my community in a concrete way. I am part of a team of people who care about the state fo the world and are attempting to do something about it. The greatest means of helping one's self that I am aware of is helping the other, and SOS has allowed me to do just that." - Thom
Julie Santinga: Development Volunteer
Julie has been a volunteer with the SOS Development Department since the fall of 2014. In that time she has helped coordinate events such as the SOS Road to Home fundraiser and our Sponsor-A-Family and Sponsor-An-Apartment programs.
"Through this process, I met some really good people that have enriched my life. It also opened my eyes to all the needs that exist in our community and the important role this organization plays in serving those needs." - Julie
Ashli Logan: Administrative Volunteer
Ashli has been a volunteer in our front office since December 2014. As a new volunteer, Ashli has learned the role very quickly and become an important asset to the program.
"As a Sociology student at EMU my heart has always been with helping people and understanding their struggles. Homelessness is a much overlooked problem and SOS does such great work helping families in the community, I knew I wanted to be a part of it!" - Ashli
Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who contributed their time and talent to benefit SOS this year! The following volunteers contributed at least 15 hours of service to the organization.
Administrative Services Volunteers
Merce Miras Boronat
Belen Cortes Ballesteros
Nyi Nyi Gwa
Children's Program Volunteers
Resource Center Volunteers