Do you remember the sticker shock the first time you bought a new pack of diapers? Or maybe the real shock was when you realized how quickly you went through them?
Now imagine you’re 14, 15, 16 years old and needing diapers for your baby!
That’s just one of many challenges the nearly 30 girls in Young Lives face every day. Every girl and her situation is different.
There’s Elizabeth who lives at home with her mom who has chronic health problems.
There’s Lizette who has to move every couple of months when the rent comes due on her mom’s apartment.
There’s Samantha, who goes to school from 6 a.m. till noon, then goes to work in a law office till 7 p.m.
There’s Anna who lives with her boyfriend’s family because her own mom is in jail.
There’s Alishia whose boyfriend was shot by the police and who now ekes by on her wages from a fast-food restaurant.
And there’s the girl who’s a senior at Woodrow who lives with a foster family along with her son.
Each of these girls is absolutely determined to be a good mother to her baby; that’s part of why they come to Young Lives. They are given mentors who encourage, affirm and advise them in ways they may not hear from anyone else. This is a ministry of Lakewood UMC so they receive loving support in a faith-based context.
Every one of these girls lives below the poverty line and many of them teeter on the brink of disaster. They juggle their income with their expenses–rent, food, phone, clinic visits, transportation, and, yes, diapers.
They are fully aware of the kindness of strangers who care enough to help them out and so thankful for every bit of help they receive.
So come and sing and dance and get in the mood for the holidays and if you are so called, bring some diapers to share with these young moms.
Annual Holiday Music Night!
Friday, December 6th with two options: 4:00 or 5:30!
Singing, dancing, and seasonal favorites including a couple special surprises! (Hint: it’s white and doesn’t fall often in Texas)