Sasha Bruce

Enter Ms. Sharonda Allen, Family Engagement Specialist, who became Ms. McArthur’s guiding angel. With unwavering compassion and dedication, Ms. Allen connected Ms. McArthur with the resources necessary for her essential surgery, ensuring she received the care she deserved.

As the holiday season approached, Ms. McArthur’s worries turned to her three grandchildren, two of whom carry the emotional scars of their father’s own experience with gun violence. Despite missing the Angel Tree program deadline, Ms. Allen’s commitment to helping Ms. McArthur and her family didn’t waver. She secured their spot on the Sasha Bruce wish list, ensuring their circumstances wouldn’t overshadow their holiday.

Ms. McArthur’s story is one of extraordinary resilience. In the face of gun violence, she rises above, actively seeking support for herself and her family.

Her proactive approach, evident in her application for SNAP benefits, reflects her unwavering dedication to their well-being.

Ms. McArthur is not just a victim; she is a victor.

Her story serves as a powerful reminder of the human spirit’s strength and the transformative power of community. The Clay Terrace Family Success Center, with angels like Ms. Allen, embodies the essence of compassion and support, a vital sanctuary for those in need. Together, they inspire hope and demonstrate that the light of resilience can shine through even in the darkest moments.

Let Ms. McArthur’s story be a catalyst for change. Let it inspire us to support organizations like the Clay Terrace Family Success Center and individuals like Ms. Allen, who dedicate themselves to building a stronger, more compassionate community. Let us work together to prevent gun violence and ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need to thrive.

About the Adopt a Home for the Holidays Project

Adopt a Home for the Holidays” is our signature program designed to provide support and a sense of belonging to unstably housed youth and their families and those at risk of homelessness during the holiday season. The project’s primary objective is to connect compassionate individuals, families, or community groups with homeless youth who may not have a stable or supportive living environment during the holiday season. By “adopting” a home, these volunteers partner with Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s residential programs to create a temporary, safe, and welcoming space for these young people to experience the joy, warmth, and togetherness associated with the holidays.

How can you get involved?

  • Connect with Sasha Bruce Youthwork to learn about the program and available opportunities.
  • Share your holiday traditions and create lasting memories with your families.
  • Become a beacon of hope and belonging during a challenging time by making a gift to our end-of-year campaign. Visit give.sashabruce.org/youth