A few weeks ago, our staff looked at a table overflowing with backpacks. Gifted from volunteers, representing our partner churches, these backpacks were lovingly filled with school supplies that represent hope, prevention, and redemption. As we watched mentees and their children strap on those packs, our hearts overflowed.
You see in 2011, one who sought to lure children into sex trafficking used similar backpacks. As children in Baltimore City were walking to school on the first day of classes, those without any supplies were approached with an offer of a new backpack in exchange for their exploitation.
Five years later, this is Araminta: Bridging the gap, to link the Church and the community, to bring beauty and redemption. As we continue to fill in the gaps, Araminta has arrived at a time and place where there is tremendous need for our programs and services. In this school year as we launch our prevention and intervention pilot program in three school districts, we know the need will only continue to expand.
Because of this demand, our efforts have been focused on growing the organization as much as possible. Financially this has put us in a difficult catch-up mode, but also gives us the confidence and conviction that we are making a real difference in the lives of survivors with whom we are working.
However, we are facing an urgent financial need. We are looking to close a financial gap of $20,000.
Would you be willing to make a special, one-time gift to Araminta? Your gift of $50, $100, $250, or $500 will help secure us for the remainder of the year. A few of our giving partners have generously committed to a $10,000 match. Your gift will have DOUBLE the impact and help us quickly reach our $20,000 goal.
By meeting this goal in the next four weeks, we will be able to focus our year-end efforts in preparation for exciting expansion and greater services in 2017. Thank you for considering joining us for now, so that we may continue to move toward the future, telling more “backpack” stories of hope and new life.