By Dakota Woodlands Representative
Early this October, corporate sponsors and individual donors made our Bringing Families Home Breakfast fundraising event a great success. The event was held at the beautiful Lost Spur Golf and Event Center in Eagan. The Center housed a room full of Dakota Woodlands (DW) supporters that learned about DW services and listened to a voice currently experiencing a personal journey through the hardships of homelessness.
Steve Zweber Chair of Board of Directors for DW welcomed the supporters and gave a great introduction that opened the floor to Executive Director Beth Bromen to talk about community. She shared the meaning of community, homelessness and the great need to end poverty. This was followed by a video and 'my story' told by a person experiencing homelessness that is using DW services / programs to reach goals of permanent housing. This personal journey experienced loss, poverty, struggle, isolation, hope, love, determination, family, community support, progress and great hope for self reliance.
This emotional testimony was followed by Zweber and how donors are making a difference. The support given by the community to help people in poverty is giving people a second chance in life. People in these difficult situations benefit greatly knowing that people care and that resources are available to help lift them up.
The fundraising event shined a light on a homeless crisis in our society, and it also showed a way out through community support and personal investment. Monetary resources are critical for necessities; food, shelter, clothing, etc. Investing in programs that support the mission of ending homelessness has a long term impact on the people we serve. People investing time in these programs build self worth and learn life building skills to help sustain well-being and independent housing once they leave DW.
Thank you to all those that attended the event. We hope you enjoyed the breakfast and you walked away from the event knowing the positive impact you are making with your support!
Thank you to our Corporate and Individual Sponsors!
Randy Nelson Randy Propp
21st Century Bank
David Charlez Designs
Robert Joswiak Insurance – State Farm