Janelle had not a clue that when she contacted her friend at a local homeless shelter for her own daughter⏤who needed service hours for school⏤that it would turn into a life changing experience.
It broke her heart when she discovered a family living in the shelter with two young girls just weeks before the holiday.
She struggled with the idea that these two girls were living in a shelter with their parents at Christmas time. Janelle Towne understood the beauty of Christmas and as the mother of five children; she knew the impact the holiday season had on children.
She decided to do something about it. A simple idea to raise awareness and provide a few gifts to the family. Janelle sent out about 50 emails inviting friends to her home two weeks before Christmas and asked everyone to bring gift cards, wrapping paper and tape for the family. The idea was to assist the children’s parents and give them the opportunity to provide the kind of gifts that only a parent would know their son or daughter would want.
The response was more than she could have ever expected. She called the fundraiser “Fill in the Gap” and it generated $4900 worth of gift cards. The cards were spread out to all the families utilizing the shelter in order to buy gifts for their families.
But it didn’t stop there, the gifts kept coming, the garage became a makeshift storage unit. A Facebook group was set up and momentum started to build. Janelle was ready to move on with her life when her friend Tina, the director back at the shelter had another request… Janelle met her for lunch and knew that this was going to become much more than she ever expected!
When Janelle’s husband Mike asked if he could have his garage back for the car⏤it was a moment that would change everything…
The story continues on the Brink of Greatness Podcast…
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The Home 2 Home Project extends a helping hand to individuals and families in need as they transition into a new home. Many of our clients arrive in a new home with little to no belongings, and although they are employed, almost all live below the poverty line. The Home 2 Home Project collects gently used furniture and household goods from donations received from surrounding communities and repurposes them to create a warm, beautiful and welcoming environment for our clients. The ultimate goal is to create a living space where our clients not only have their basic needs met but feel proud to come home.