For many people, exchanging gifts with family members is an important part of the holiday season.
That tradition is complicated for our Fellows, who lack the type of family structures and support systems so many of us take for granted.
This year, to help them celebrate the holiday season, we’ve asked our Fellows to prepare Amazon wish lists for themselves and their children. Click on a name* to see one of the lists and grant a holiday wish this season!
While you're shopping on Amazon, you can use AmazonSmile to support RJLF. Just go to AmazonSmile and search for RJLF. Shipping Address will be "to the attention of Kathleen Kasper".
Brittany is an intelligent, determined, and hard-working mother. Her goal is to complete her college education and provide opportunities for her child. RJLF has provided educational scholarships which have allowed Brittany to take classes at her dream school, Villanova.
Joseph is an amazing young man. He once believed he was not “school material.” Yet now, in addition to working a full time job, he is attending classes that he loves. He works closely with his RJLF Mentor, pursuing a degree in social work. He is determined to give back and help others.
Caroline is a single mother, determined to make a better life for herself and her son. Her goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is currently working an office job while pursuing her studies at a community college, where she is only a few classes away from her associate’s degree. Caroline was the recent recipient of a car through our Working Wheels program.
Theresa is an incredibly hard worker, constantly balancing an overflowing plate. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at West Chester University. In addition to her classes, she works three jobs and cares for her son as a single mother. Theresa has been approved for an RJLF Educational Scholarship for the upcoming spring semester, which will allow her to work fewer hours and attend school full time.
Emily is a single mother. Her early experiences in the foster care system and her experience with homelessness forever changed her and motivated her to create opportunities for herself. Hard-working and determined never to be homeless again, we are proud to say that Emily recently completed the nursing program at MCCC and started a new job working as an RN. This spring, she will be working full time while also taking online classes so that she can continue to work towards her Bachelor of Nursing.
Jason is a recent recipient of an RJLF Transportation Scholarship that helped him purchase a car. This vehicle will allow him to get to work and start attending classes in the spring. He is working closely with RJLF Mentors to determine a career path that will lead to an independence and self-sufficiency.
This year, we hope you will join us in helping our Fellows celebrate the holiday season.
* Names and identifying information have been changed to protect the confidentiality and safety of Fellows involved in the R.J. Leonard Foundation's programming.