Housing For Hope DOUBLE MATCH Campaign

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED KIDS IN NEED BY DONATING TO THE CAMPAIGN!

YES, I WANT TO DONATE NOW AND HAVE MY GIFT DOUBLE MATCHED

ONE OF OUR GENEROUS DONORS HAS STEPPED UP WITH A COMMITMENT: THEY WILL DOUBLE MATCH ANY GIFT YOU MAKE TODAY TO OUR HOUSING FOR HOPE CAMPAIGN.

This incredible match from our donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is on from November 19 until December 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm, or until the matching amounts add up to a total of $100,000.

As an example, if you make a donation of $100 right now, our donor will DOUBLE MATCH that with a $200 contribution. This means your gift of $100 turns into $300 for the kids!

If you become a MONTHLY DONOR, the total of your first 3 months will be DOUBLE MATCHED (for example: $35 a month x 3 = $105, with a double match of $210, for a total impact of $315)!

Give now to make THREE TIMES THE IMPACT, and bring us closer to our goal! We can’t do it without your help.

FINAL AMOUNT RAISED, THE MOST EVER FOR A SOS BC HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN

Includes matching amounts

The last 20 months of this frightening COVID-19 pandemic have been a monumental struggle for the youth we support, they have felt isolation and food insecurity – more in fact, than any other demographic.

SOS Children’s Village BC has been there for them around the clock, with customized support and wraparound services.

The youth at the Village have had the benefit of the Village community and they are doing well, but the youth we support in the community continue to wrestle with safe housing, unscrupulous landlords, and the enormous strain and uncertainty that this pandemic has forced upon them.

We need to raise $200,000, which we can do with your help, in order to maintain housing and stability for children and youth in our community this Christmas, and through all of winter.

YES, I WANT TO DONATE NOW AND HAVE MY GIFT DOUBLE MATCHED

AN APPEAL FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Can I tell you something? I keep thinking about the touching words spoken by Mathew (one of the youth who completed our Year Intensive Housing Program) that I shared when I last wrote to you. Especially this part:

“If there’s one thing you can do for me, it’s to let the other kids know they have a voice. Because you have a voice. You can make changes in the system. And we’re going to pay it forward—because once you’re a member of SOS BC, you’re always a member of SOS BC.”

It feels like we’re on the cusp of something – that our community is about to make big strides forward in how we prioritize care for foster children, how we treat youth aging out of the care system, and how we engage with Indigenous communities to provide support instead of taking children as our governments have done in the past.

Because people like you are stepping up to make a difference for foster kids:

• by supporting the proven alternative care model that SOS Children’s Village BC, and Villages like it around the world, have been using with great success for decades.

• by stepping forward and saying the number of Indigenous children in the provincial care system is not acceptable, and that something must be done.

• by coming together to give to the Housing for Hope campaign—especially right now when every donation is being DOUBLE MATCHED, to make three times the difference.

I believe that 2022 will see a lot of change, and that together we can make it change for the better! Do you feel it too? Can you help make meaningful change for kids and youth in care with a gift today? Because right now, your gift will go three times as far!

Compassionate and generous people like you are asked to support a lot of worthy causes at this time of year, and I know each of us can only do so much, so you may have questions about how giving to SOS BC will really make a difference, or why Housing for Hope is so important that we’re aiming for our biggest goal ever and an anonymous donor will be DOUBLE MATCHING every gift made right now.

Our vision is to have greater capacity, to support more kids and youth through the SOS BC alternative model of care so that we’re there for them around the clock, with customized support and wraparound services. But there are immediate needs as well.

• In times of emergency, or when youth age out, it costs approximately $1,200 to move a young person to new housing.

• The youth we support outside of the Village continue to wrestle with lack of safe housing, unscrupulous landlords, and the enormous strain and uncertainty that this pandemic has forced upon them.

One of our youth suites was forced to close due to flood damage recently. Restoring this suite will be primarily covered by insurance, but roughly $4,000 – $5,000 in related costs are not—and every dollar helps!

In order to maintain housing and stability for children and youth in our community, we need your help. Will you help foster kids in BC who need your support, and make a gift today?

As I’m writing this, we’re at 50% of our goal, including the matched amounts. We have until Dec 31st at 11:59pm to get the gifts matched by our anonymous donor. Can you help get us to 100% so kids can get the full value of the matching offer?

If we reach our goal, you’ll not only be ensuring vulnerable youth are safely housed, you’ll be helping with their day-to-day needs as well. For instance, you can help a youth in foster care stay warm and dry with a gift of $100 to make sure they have proper coats and shoes, or, you can help support youth who need it most with $100 for groceries.

Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Let’s make 2022 a year of change for the better!

P.S. You can give local youth a helping hand when no one else will. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to answer their call. Hurry, make your tax-deductible donation before the December 31st deadline!

YES, I WANT TO DONATE NOW AND HAVE MY GIFT DOUBLE MATCHED

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