The next stop of the club tour was New York City! A big thank you to the Big Apple for your support of the tour! The following local charities/foundations were recipients of support in New York city. Please see the charity website for contact information!
Covenant House New York
Covenant House is an adolescent care agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Doors are open 24 hours a day for youth in need. The grant is going to the Mother & Child Rights of Passage (ROP) Independent Living Program. The objective of the program is to empower and motivate moms to become healthy, independent parents by providing them with a safe and stable living environment. This allows the women to continue their education and work full-time. Mothers in the program receive healthcare, counseling, parenting classes, and daycare. The Program also has a mandatory savings plan to ensure the families have resources available for permanent housing once they move on from Covenant House.
One example, Kevra Moore age 21 and her 2-year-old daughter, are residents of the Mother and Child Shelter. Kevra was born in Camden, New Jersey. When she was 8, her mother dropped her off at her aunt and uncles house and she never saw her again. Her aunt and uncle adopted her and took care of her until she had her daughter at age 19. Her aunt and uncle kicked her and her new born out of their house and they wound up at Covenant House. Today she is working and studying full time.
Atlas Foundation (New York City)
The Atlas Foundation is a New York-based community service organization that provides financial, legal and emotional support to individuals and organizations in need. The organization focuses particularly on the needs of children. The grant is going directly to Chris “Bubba” Witteck, 45, who was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease) this past winter. Chris and his wife are both schoolteachers who have given back to their community by teaching children how to read and write and by instilling the values of honesty, compassion and integrity that they hold so dear. Chris's friends describe him as a gentle giant. He was blessed with a rare combination of God-given athletic ability and a keen intellect, dominating both on the ball field and in the classroom. He has always used his talents to lift others up. The Atlas Foundation is helping to support The Bubba Fundraiser raising funds to help him, his wife and their three children.