According to Jubilee Park And Community Center Community Outreach Manager Samantha Campbell,
“I work with community members in Southeast Dallas every day, and I’d like to make a wish on their behalf. My wish is that the people reading this will choose to sponsor a family, who is struggling just to keep a roof over their heads, the lights on, water running, and bellies filled.
“For some families, this is a time of year when heating bills run high, hours change at work, car engine troubles pop up, and any number of emergency expenses can create catastrophe. And yet, a relatively small amount of money can help them stabilize, stay on their feet, and resume a productive life.
“Jubilee Park provides emergency assistance to families throughout the year who need a little financial help to avoid a major household crisis, plus budget counseling and resource referral. The families we serve typically have five members, earning about $20,000 per year. Unfortunately, this season of joy seems to be the time of biggest need.
“Your contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000 could mean that a family remains safely housed, with electricity and running water, and the food and critical medications they need. (When families lose their footing, it can take up to 25 times as much money and resources to get them re-established—an emotional and financial drain that none of us would want to bear.)
“Southeast Dallas and the Fair Park community are filled with hardworking families who want to succeed, but like all of us, they sometimes experience an unexpected event and may have less of a safety net than other people. This year, we’ve seen more than triple the number of requests for help. From a stolen pair of required uniform boots to job layoffs to unforeseen medical costs, crises come in all shapes and sizes.
“When someone reading this decides to make this wish come true, they’ll know they’ve lit up the holidays for a family in a way that is truly miraculous. For more information, please click here or call 469.718.5702.”
-By Samantha Campbell, Jubilee Park And Community Center community outreach manager
*Photo provided by Jubilee Park And Community Center