The Annette Rafferty Survive to Thrive (ARST) Fund
#GivingTuesday was created back in 2012 as a way to encourage people to do good and transform communities around the world. All gifts made for #GivingTuesday this year at Abby’s House will benefit the Annette Rafferty Survive to Thrive (ARST) Fund. The ARST Fund was originally created to help break the cycle of poverty for current and former shelter guests and housing residents by opening the door and expanding their horizons to opportunities they may otherwise not have.
Like many, this year has put both financial and emotional strain on the women we serve. Women have lost their jobs or experienced a reduction in hours, have experienced increased social isolation, and feel uncertain about the future. The ARST Fund has helped ease some of these burdens by helping women afford rent and access transportation to appointments, and removed barriers in accessing medical care through the purchase of technology. As you can imagine, this fund has been used at a higher rate than normal this year, and the women at Abby’s House need your help to ensure they can continue to rely on this fund as they move forward on their journeys towards healing and recovery.
We invite you to lead the charge in support of our #GivingTuesday efforts by making a gift today, ensuring that the women of Abby’s House will continue to have access to the resources and tools they need to lead self-directed lives filled with dignity and hope. Our goal is to raise $6,000 by Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Will you help us reach our goal?
Here are some expenses in which the Annette Rafferty Survive to Thrive Fund has been utilized this year:
$25 to help a woman obtain a copy of her state I.D. so that she help her complete employment applications or applications for permanent housing
$55 to help cover phone bills so women can keep their phones connected in order to schedule appointments, participate in phone interviews with potential employers, etc.
$100 for a month of gas to help women with their own vehicles get to appointments, work, and more
$300 for a month of cab rides for the women of Abby’s House to get to interviews, medical appointments, and more
$500 to help a woman moving into permanent housing outside of Abby’s House pay for the security deposit