For the last two years, TAPA has chosen the Lindsey House as its primary community outreach project. The Lindsey House is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to help mothers caring for children transition out of situational homelessness, learn important life skills, including money management and financial responsibility, and gain the confidence to become self-sufficient. In the 2014-2016 time period, 24 mothers and 62 children were served by the Lindsey House, resulting in $99,927 saved by the mothers and $39,580 in debt paid off. The average stay of a mother and her family is 16 months, and 11 women graduated from the program during that time period. Lindsey House does not receive United Way funds and is completely dependent on its own fundraising efforts and corporate and private donations.
As we have learned more about the Lindsey House, TAPA has found this partnership incredibly gratifying. In the past, we have provided Mother’s Day baskets to the Lindsey House residents and have thrown a “Back to School Bash” for children, in which we provided books for the Lindsey House library and monetary donations for the purchase of school supplies. In October, the TAPA Board attended the Lindsey House’s primary annual fundraiser, the “Savor & Stroll” event in the Kendall-Whittier district.
In 2017, we decided to sponsor one of the Lindsey House families — a mother and her one-year-old daughter. The mother provided a list of specific needs. We raised $540 in donations from TAPA members, which enabled us to purchase everything on the mother’s list and a whole lot more! With that money, we purchased:
- 12 outfits
- Three pairs of shoes
- 10 books, including a child’s e-reader
- Minnie Mouse comforter and pillow
- Minnie Mouse doll
- Three educational toys, including a tea set that teaches manners
- DVD items for the mother
- Three months of unlimited use bus passes
- $100 gift card to Target
- $100 gift card to JC Penney
Just before Christmas, Community Outreach Chair Jaime McKay and TAPA Board member Christian Chicas delivered the gift-wrapped packages to the mother and daughter. Both Jaime and Christian said that the experience was very touching. A big thanks is given to Jaime for her hard work in doing the shopping and gift-wrapping.
TAPA is very happy to continue its relationship with the Lindsey House in 2018. To read more about this organization’s mission, visit its website.