$411,412 and counting: Pearls make a difference
Published Tuesday 22 November 2022 21:41
Pearls of Empowerment, a women’s fundraising group organized by the Davie Community Foundation, is enjoying its favorite time of year – grant season.
Pearls hosted their annual luncheon at the Triple J Manor House in Mocksville last Thursday.
“The beautifully decorated room was filled with ladies who decided to join forces to make an impact on the lives of women and children in Davie County,” said Jane Simpson, the Foundation’s President and CEO.
“We were delighted with the tremendous response to the luncheon,” said Amber Butler, co-chair of Pearls Events. “The room looked beautiful with the decorations but was filled with so many pretty ladies it was beautiful.”
A salad medley from Ketchie Creek Bakery and dessert from Maddie Cakes were served. Simpson shared an update on the students’ achievements via Ignite Davie. Many of the Pearls have supported this program.
After a hearing from Kelly Funderburk, Marketing Co-Chair, it was time to announce the 2022 grants. Three grants were awarded in Pearls’ three focus areas: Abuse of Women and Children, Housing for Women and Children, and Child Care and Transportation of Women and Children.
• The Davie County Advocacy Center received a $7,400 award for stabilizing housing for women and children in Davie County.
The center serves residents facing a financial crisis that threatens their basic needs. The grant will help with rent/mortgage, utility bills and car repairs so mothers can maintain continuity and security for their families. Executive Director Allie Fruits shared two stories from those the center has helped.
• The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center received a $10,000 award to ensure they can provide therapy to traumatized children regardless of their ability to pay.
Childhood experiences, positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future victimization and perpetration of violence, as well as lifelong health and opportunity, said Brandi Reagan, Executive Director of Dragonfly House.
Dragonfly House offers therapy sessions from fully licensed, trauma trained psychiatrists to children in Davie who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, witnessed violence or been subjected to a variety of other crimes. These mental health services build on the strengths of children, families and community systems to strengthen hope, healing and resilience. Reagan told the story of a mother and daughter who were helped through a series of serious life challenges.
• Family Promise of Davie County received a $10,000 award for funding the Transitional Housing Program, which enables families affected by homelessness to stay together, continue to save money, and receive support from a case manager to ensure sustainable to create future.
Family Promise operates the only homeless shelter and transitional housing program in Davie. Family Promise has partnered with Hope Homes to provide two 2 bedroom homes for use in the program. This housing bridges the gap from homelessness to permanent housing by providing structure, care, support, life skills, education and training.
Executive Director Lisa Reynolds told the story of a family who found stable housing and whose child began to thrive with the stability of a home of their own at school. “Not knowing where you’re going to sleep at night is very stressful for kids and it affects them in ways you might not have thought of,” Lisa said.
“It’s exciting to hear personal stories about the impact of our grants,” said Donna Powell, grant co-chair. “It makes me proud that my $365 will be added to that of other women to provide grants to agencies that are making a positive difference.”
After 13 years of grant making, Pearls awarded $411,412 to projects in Davie County.
no pearl? Consider joining. Membership can be individual or group and is $365 per year. Members can contribute as they wish. Some of the women serve on the leadership team, others choose to help with committees or events, and some just write checks.
“There is a place for every woman in Pearls of Empowerment,” said Linda Dorsett, Chair. “All you need is $1 a day and a desire to improve the lives of women and children in Davie County.”