Each year, KYC hosts an “Adopt a Family” drive to connect people we serve with extra holiday cheer.
The holidays can be a difficult time for many, especially after another year filled with ever-evolving challenges. Many of our clients live with financial struggles and live below the poverty line, and others have dealt with isolation as they may not have family nearby, and opportunities to safely socialize have become far more infrequent. For these community members, the holidays can exaggerate feelings of stress, worry, and loneliness.
Through our Adopt a Family program, we seek to mitigate these worries, so that our clients can focus on achieving their goals and find joy in the holiday season.
So Much More Than Presents
Generous community members can purchase gifts or provide gift cards for clients to obtain the much-needed and greatly-appreciated items that they need. While the gifts themselves can be essential, we always hear from clients who receive gifts through this program that they get so much more than a gift: this program gives them connectedness to our community, and makes them feel valued, remembered, and appreciated.
By making a gift to this program, you truly make the holidays for the local community members we serve together. Learn how your gift creates lasting holiday memories and empowers clients to achieve their goals.
Empower Creative Youth
Emery, 13, started 8th grade in person this fall, after over a year of virtual learning. This has been quite stressful in itself, but they have also been dealing with new challenges at home, as their parents have both changed careers and that has readjusted the family’s schedule. With so many changes happening at once, Emery became anxious and was having significant difficulty focusing on school work. After connecting with their KYC therapist, Emery has found new ways to cope with these challenges, and has even built new friendships after joining the Rainbow Room Youth Advisory Council.
Emery has taken to using art as an outlet for self-expression. When they’re having a hard time finding the words to describe what they’re experiencing, Emery finds that drawing their thoughts gives them extra time to process their emotions, while also finding focus and joy in building a skill they value. Your gift of art supplies ensures that Emery can continue growing and thriving through creative expression.
Help Families Create Meaningful Memories
Arthur, 38, was first connected with KYC through our Front Door program. He had been struggling with complex mental health challenges, and as his symptoms worsened, he was unable to keep his job and later, his apartment. When a mental health crisis led him to the emergency room, his medical care providers referred him to our team, who helped him find a safe place to live, and connected him with the resources he needed to rebuild stability and work toward his therapeutic goals.
Arthur is settling into his new apartment, and wants more than anything to cook a warm holiday meal with his daughter in his new space. Your gift of a gift card provides Arthur the opportunity to create a memorable holiday experience for his family. With the extra boost from a grocery gift card, he looks forward to sharing his grandmother’s famous holiday breakfast spread with his daughter.
Bring Joy and Connection to Older Adults
Rhonda, 86, proudly celebrated her fourth decade in her home last month. When her husband sadly passed away, Rhonda reached out to KYC to connect with the extra support that allows her to continue living safely in the home they built together. She was connected with KYC’s Care Coordinator, who arranged for her to receive chore housekeeping services and Home Delivered Meals, which have become an essential lifeline to her and others in her community over the course of the pandemic.
Rhonda has had far fewer opportunities to socialize while she has stayed home to stay safe. She frequently shares with her Meals volunteer that her adorable dog, Sprinkles, has helped her find joy in the midst of such challenging times, although she sometime struggles to be able to afford his care while living on a very limited budget. Your gift of pet supplies ensures that Rhonda can help keep her companion healthy and active — ultimately supporting her own wellbeing — as she gracefully ages in place.
Organizations Can Participate, Too!
We are immensely grateful to our community partners and organizations who support this drive as a group. If your company or community organization would like to learn how you can make a big impact together, please email our team.
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available for this program. Learn more about sponsorship here.
Make Your Gift
Your tax deductible gift helps make the holidays for a KYC client or family. Donations made through this page will be used to purchase a $30 gift card for a KYC client to buy what they need most. Gifts of any amount add up to make the holidays brighter!
Please adopt a client today. Make your gift below or contact our team to get the wish list for a family or person who could use extra support this holiday season.
We have hundreds of clients who we are hoping to have adopted through this program. If we’re able to provide a gift to each person nominated to this program, any excess gifts will benefit our programs or emergency assistance funds, which help individuals in need all year round.
Thank You, Sponsors!
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