It is inspiring – and fun! – to see how the creativity and commitment of others can come together to serve our community.

Now in its third year, the 36 members of Women for Hope raised a record breaking $107,200 for the homeless men, women, children, and veterans in our community. With this budget, they funded eight different programs at a recent, virtual gathering.

Women for Hope is a committee of women that raises money and volunteers for Rescue Mission programs. They gather and vote on their choices for funding at the Annual Winter Tea. Despite not being able to meet in person in January, the Women for Hope gathered together for a fun and interactive virtual event, including a special delivery of festive treats.

Early on in the event, $74,000 was quickly raised. But as the event progressed, these women had it on their hearts to give more, and they ended the event with $107,200 raised! With these donations, one of the people supported was Lorena Cruz, a Hope Harbor graduate. Over the last three years, Women for Hope have been able to make Lorena’s dream of becoming a nurse a reality by supporting her college career.

This event was a reminder that while there are limitations to gathering, there are no limitations to the generosity of these women. Women for Hope never fails to surprise me, and I am beyond grateful that the Rescue Mission can rely on the annual donations from these generous women.

If you are interested in joining the Women for Hope to make a lasting impact among the homeless population of Orange County, please visit Women for Hope.

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