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Every Christmas, Family Promise case managers reach out to families who are in our programs or were recent graduates. As part of this year’s efforts, Director of Family Services, Luz Galeano, reached out to Beverly, who moved with her children into an apartment of their own during the summer. To Luz’s surprise, when offered presents and jackets for her children, Beverly politely turned them down. ”You know, Luz, I am set for the winter. My kids and I have what we need. Please help other families like you did when we needed it.”

Luz said later, “It is very rewarding to hear that. Our families grow to the point that they know when they have enough or when they need help.”

The offering that Family Promise was making might have made things easier but Beverly wanted to do it herself. That, my friends, is an empowered woman.  That is what self-sufficiency looks like.