Share The Joy: Sydney’s Story

This holiday season, while many of us spend time celebrating with loved ones and finishing up last minute shopping, others face much bigger challenges.  You can make an impact by making a monetary contribution, donating gifts or sponsoring a family in need. Just imagine the wonderful memories your donation will bring to those who need it the most…

Eight-year-old Sydney was removed from her home earlier this year due to her parents’ chronic drug abuse. Instead of spending time concentrating on school and playing with friends, Sydney spent much of her 3rd grade year wondering where she was going to live.

Thankfully, Sydney’s grandmother, Maria, stepped in to provide a loving home. They both started attending our counseling program during the transition for emotional and social support. Most importantly, the program gave Sydney a chance to enjoy just being a kid again. She looked forward to spending time with her mentor going to the movies, bowling and fall festivals.

This suddenly changed 2 months ago when doctors diagnosed Maria with terminal cancer. Of course, now Sydney fears not just losing her grandmother, but also entering the foster care system. Looking forward to 2018, we plan to be there for the family every step of the way. Our goal is to provide therapy, resources and a sense of hope as they prepare for the difficult journey ahead.

Each day we work with children like Sydney coping with the trauma of abuse, adults learning to manage a mental illness and families struggling to put food on the table. Your gift will make an immediate impact on the lives of those who urgently need our support.

By sponsoring a family or donating to our Holiday Giving Drive, you can make a difference for over 4,000 children, teens and adults in your own community.

Share your holiday spirit and bring wonderful memories and support to those who need it most here!

Questions? Please contact Samantha Mitchell-Hope at 609-267-5928 x99835 or


2018-01-08T14:38:00+00:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: Oaks Blog|