December 2014 Newsletter

hotel family cute picYour donations matter
Each and every time you donate to River of Refuge your funds are helping a family like the one pictured here! We wanted to use this holiday newsletter to showcase this very special family and to thank you for your help throughout this milestone year.

Kristie is a single mom of three beautiful children. She escaped a bad situation and has been staying at a Kansas City Metro area motel for the past several weeks. Because of River of Refuge and its partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, Kristie and her children will be in a place they can call home soon.

We want to thank you for making 2014 a very good year. It is because of your donations that working families like this one will no longer have to live in shabby, unsafe motels. Instead, they can move their children into homes and live with dignity.


There’s no Christmas morning living in a MotelIMG_0124
Through your donations, River of Refuge provides $25 gift cards too all of the families working with River of Refuge to help pay for items that food stamps can’t – everything from personal hygiene items to shoes for the kids.

There is no room in the budget nor in the one-room motel for these families to celebrate Christmas.

“Right now Christmas is just something they see on TV. There’s no Christmas tree or colored lights in their motel rooms. They watch TV and dream about what it would be like to have a real Christmas in their own home someday,” said Donnette Siems, who is instrumental in working with the families in the motels on a daily basis and assisting the families find permanent homes, work with partner organizations, find transportation and maintain employment. Siems, pictured here with one of the children, helps facilitate the $25 gift card giveaway at the holidays.

To donate, please click here or visit, the River of Refuge website.

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