In our monthly Supporter Spotlights, we like to showcase the efforts of our friends and supporters who have given to Faces without Places exceptionally well in one area, whether it’s through financial assistance, volunteering their time, or helping to spread awareness about children experiencing homelessness. This month, we would like to spotlight an individual who has proven her support for us in all three of these categories.
Michele McIntyre, who owns A&A Wall Systems in Sycamore Township, started her journey with Faces without Places as a volunteer in February of this year. She began reading with our My Little Library Program at Interfaith Hospitality Network Shelter in Walnut Hills. Her patience and kind manner very quickly gained the trust of the children who she read with there. She will continue reading with the My Little Library program, and will bring her calming presence and a joy of reading to a different group of kids at another shelter participating in the program.
Recently, Michele extended her support of Faces without Places’ work by donating to us financially. She says “I support Faces without Places because it helps furnish necessities to children experiencing homelessness that they cannot afford. Children who are experiencing homelessness may not have access to the basics such as school supplies, clothing, transportation and shelter that are available to most other children. I think these basics are absolutely necessary in order to get a good start in school and life. I also like the fact that Faces without Places is a local charity helping our community.”
Additionally, as if all of this weren’t enough, Michele has also looked at her own network and connected us with Treasures for Charity, a consignment store that works to benefit local non-profits, like Faces without Places. Michele is an example of someone we can all draw inspiration from to look at all of the resources we have, whether it be money, time, social connections, skills, ideas, creativity, and push ourselves to find ways to use them to help others, and not limit our compassion to the easiest outlet.
If you would like to explore ways to give back whatever you can to help remove barriers to education for children experiencing homelessness, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.