I learned of Rainbow Days almost 10 years ago when I attended the organization’s annual Pot of Gold luncheon with a friend. It was the first time I had been exposed to an organization that focused on not only helping homeless and at risk children, but also breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction and poverty. Children who are raised in these environments are significantly more likely to become homeless or suffer from addiction or poverty as adults, and by stepping in early we have the ability to break this cycle.This really resonated with me as I have two children of my own. The children served by Rainbow Days who are growing up in homeless and at risk environments are no different than my own children – they simply were born with struggles and challenges that my children cannot even imagine.
Over the past 35 years Rainbow Days has developed a Curriculum-Based Support Group Program where the children served by Rainbow Days participate in weekly support groups dealing with how to manage their feelings, cope with problems and make healthy choices. The Curriculum-Based Support Group Program has proven to be very effective and has been nationally recognized and utilized by numerous other organizations throughout the world. Rainbow Days also provides the children it serves with opportunities to participate in annual summer camps and holiday parties that would not even be in the realm of possibility for these children without Rainbow Days. I have had the honor of serving on the Executive Board of Directors for Rainbow Days for the past five years and currently serve as Executive Vice President. TAG Author, Brooke Andrews, and I chaired the annual luncheon in 2015. I have also volunteered countless hours at Rainbow Days, including at their annual Saturday with Santa and other events. The difference Rainbow Days makes in the lives of these children is immeasurable.
With the funds given from The Angel Gift we plan to provide new clothes to the homeless children involved in the Rainbow Days organization. Our hope is to add a little more confidence in these children in addition to the already successful program of Rainbow Days.