County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan is Committed to Helping Women with Children at City Mission

external view of entry way into the women & children's home where City Mission Staff, Residents and Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan prepare to cut the ribbon

On October 25, 2018 - City Mission gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Women with Children's Shelter

On October 25, 2018 friends and supporters of City Mission gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Women with Children's Shelter. We are excited and grateful for the newly renovated facility and the opportunity that is available for Women with Children in need to receive programs and services that will change their lives! County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan was the guest speaker at our event. Please read her moving and inspiring words as she calls us all to action to help women and children in our community.  

"It is an honor and privilege to be here today, and to address you, as we celebrate the renovation and grand opening of the Women with Children Shelter.  I am so very grateful for the vision of the Washington City Mission, and the generosity of its donors, who have allowed this shelter to emerge, to grow, and to improve.  When you hear of the need for shelter, food, and medical care, it can be hard to understand how that need can exist in our community when our lives are filled with opportunities.  

"However, this need does exist.  And I cannot imagine the despair a mother must feel when she cannot provide for the most basic needs of her children.In the past year, Avis Arbor sheltered 168 women and 32 children, and should be applauded for their success... but sadly the mission was forced to turn away 257 women and 88 children due to space constraints.  It is heartbreaking to know that there are those in our community who are without the basic necessities of life.  And that heartbreak is our call to action.  The key to any future success for women and children in our community, facing homelessness, lies within these walls of Avis Arbor.  The average success rate at a substance abuse treatment center is a modest 27%.  Fortunately, for the women and children in our community, Washington City Mission Avis Arbor proudly boasts a 57% success rate, for those remaining in the program for over 90 days.  That is why this is the program I choose to support, to be a good financial steward of the gifts I have been given.  

"As children of the most high king, we are all called to love one another as Christ loves us; and with this need, we have an opportunity to show God’s love, by sharing our blessings and our talents, with our community.  Avis Arbor is committed to providing a safe living environment, access to medical treatment, educational opportunities, coupled with full- time childcare and God’s saving grace.  Providing these wrap around services are the gateway to fostering a woman’s path to future independence and healing.  Avis Arbor has a helped: 82% of women with independent housing, 66% of women attain employment, and most importantly 90% of women profess their faith in God - the City Mission success rate is far greater than that of other programs because they not only meet the individuals’ physical needs, but also provide the path of forgiveness, mercy, grace, and hope.  

"Today I announce my commitment to continue my work in raising critical funds to address the unmet needs of the women and children in our community.  On January 10th through the 14th, I will be completing the dopey challenge, a series of races over four days, totaling 48.6 miles, in Disney World, Orlando.  This challenge will be my greatest test of endurance, which is why my daughter , Victoria Hassett, has decided to join me in the challenge, just in case I am not up to the mark and may need dragged across the finish line!  By participating in this challenge, I hope to inspire others to join with me, and answer God’s call to action through financial sponsorships.  

"Your financial support is critical to the sustainability and success of Avis Arbor, but more importantly to the future of every woman and child that walks through these doors.  To whom much is given, much is required.  No one can do all that is required, but all can do some, to bless our neighbors in need.  I ask for your prayers, your time, and your financial gifts to ensure we rise to the challenge for the unmet needs of the women and children in our community.  These families are God’s children, just like us, who are facing challenges in their lives that God has spared us from facing.  These families are our neighbors and we are their blessing.  I ask that you prayerfully consider God’s call on your heart, to serve his children."  

"In closing, I pray that all who enter the doors of this home would find safety, security, and most importantly God’s love and mercy.May God bless you all richly, for answering his call and serving his children in need."  

County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan

October 25, 2018
Susan Gartland - Social Media Manager
Sue Gartland
Social Media Manager
Sue has a vast career in gospel rescue missions adding great value to the City Mission team. Sue has been in many roles in the mission and is always filling in where she is needed - which is A LOT!
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