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Words from our Founding Director

Jacqueline Wilson

New Year, New Hope

January 2018

The New Year 2018 welcomes us with yet another fresh start. We will gather with friends and family to watch the ball drop and ease into the new calendar year full of possibilities. Some of us will make resolutions, and some will make life-changing decisions.

For the homeless students we assist at the HIGH Program, the New Year countdown means only one thing – they are facing another year of pain, insecurity, fear, and hunger. As they are watching the snowfall through the window of their car, if they are lucky enough to have one, they are thinking: “There is nothing happy about this New Year.” When every day is a consistent fight, when the next meal is never promised, and when the warm bed is a forgotten luxury, it is difficult to celebrate. 

Since 2013, the Helping Individuals Go Higher Program has helped over 200 students to acquire things we often take for granted: a home, a meal, a warm bed, and with that, a simple sense of security. Because of your generous gifts, over 200 students have received something more than just a roof over their heads; they have received a chance to graduate.

I invite you to make a resolution to change the lives of the students in need in the year of 2018. This New Year, you have a chance to become someone’s miracle, you have a chance to give someone a hope for a better future.

Make This New Year Happy

Thank you.

Jacqueline Wilson