UPDATE: WE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED, SHARED THIS STORY, AND CONTRIBUTED SO THAT YORK STREET PROJECT CAN CONTINUE CHANGING LIVES AND BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY FOR THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WE SERVE.
Help Us Get a New Van!
On August 8, 2016, six of our students (ages 2 to 3 years old) enrolled in our summer program were returning from their field trip to the Turtle Back Zoo. Unfortunately, an impaired driver caused a major accident that involved nine vehicles and sent all six children and two teachers to the hospital for further evaluation. Thankfully, all of our students and teachers returned home safely that same evening without serious injuries. After seeing the damage caused to the van, our in-house Jack-of-All-Trades, Miguel Aponte, could only conclude that Angels had kept our children safe. We truly are lucky and blessed that no one was hurt.
However, our van was not as fortunate as the children in the collision and we learned today that it is permanently out of commission. Insurance only covers the value of the van, and a 12yr. old van with no frills is not worth near the price of a new one. Please help York Street Project raise some emergency funds in order to purchase a new van and new car seats so we have transportation for our students throughout the year. The van is used across all our programs for transporting our young students, our adult students at Kenmare High School, and our residents at both St. Joseph's Home and St. Mary's Residence. It is a crucial piece in our ability to open up the world to them beyond the limited borders of our city streets. We also rely on the van to pick up generous donations from within the community and to transport items for our fundraising events, such as our upcoming Golf Outing.
We appreciate any donation you can make today to help us continue serving our women and children in their journey out of poverty and into a life of self-sufficiency.
We are so lucky no one was hurt!!
Help Us Raise Money for a 12-Seat Passenger Van
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