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Designated Charity: The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

This will be the 4th year of our Chapter's involvement with the Center for Prevention of Child Abuse in Poughkeepsie by participating in their Adopt-a-Family program. The MHV alumni come out in full force every year to fill a Thanksgiving dinner basket as well as fulfill our family's entire holiday wishlist. Our alumni's generosity during these campaigns means a lot to the families involved.

About our 2018 Family:

Natalie is a single developmentally delayed mother of two girls. She lived with her mother with her girls and due to poor living conditions Child Protective Services told her that she was to relocate with her girls or they would remove them from her care. Natalie left the father of her children because he was addicted to drugs and would often get physically abusive towards her. Since leaving him, the father of her girls has lost all his parental right to her children and his current whereabouts are unknown. Natalie now resides in a local homeless shelter with her children. Her and her kids have recently been moved into their own room at the shelter and are trying her best to make this room home. This is the first time that Natalie has lived on her own however our program gives her the positive support that she needs to start becoming a strong independent mother to her children. We are hoping to give Natalie and her girls an amazing holiday this year. Natalie has truly made some amazing positive changes for her and her children over this past year and being able to provide a Christmas to her children will show her that her hard work has paid off. Thank you for any assistance you can provide to make Natalie, Madison, and Abigail have a holiday they will never forget.

For planning purposes and to make sure we have enough money to buy gifts for our family we are asking for donations earlier in the year to prepare.  Based on last years total we are setting a goal of $1000 in donations to cover all the gifts for a family.  The thanksgiving meal cost will be covered by the chapters funds from dues.  Please consider donating via the paypal button below or mailing a check to our address with a note that it is for the holiday gift drive.
Information about the program we are supporting: The Special Needs Parenting Program provides specialized services to parents who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. All of these mothers were themselves victims of physical & sexual abuse as children. They are required to commit to one year in the program, but many stay longer. Through weekly home based services and parenting classes, the goal is to works towards improving the lives of their children and to prevent future occurrences of abuse.