Jessica Henry, 35, is a single mother of 4 children. She works full-time for Story County Community Life Program in Ames, IA, as a residential assistant in a group home for adults with disabilities.
Jessica’s mother contacted us after seeing an interview for our Monsters’ Ball event last year, to see if we could help Jessica. She was worried that Jessica’s 17 year-old van with 220,000 miles, bald tires and in need of a tune-up wouldn’t make it through the winter. Without the van working, there was no way to get to work each night to make money to provide for her children, and no way to take them to doctor and physical therapy appointments, which she was doing for her daughter, twice a week.
Joleen, Dan and his daughters, Natalie and Courtney, met Jessica shortly before Christmas, 2013. Jessica wrote to us about her experience. She said,
“They are wonderful, giving people. They contacted me to meet them to get new tires on my van before the bad weather struck. The entire way to meet them I was in tears. It warms my heart that someone who barely knows me could care enough to want to help. After the tires were put on my van, I couldn’t tell you how amazing that felt. Just driving home I had a huge weight off my shoulders. My tires that were on my van before were so bare it was scary to drive. I was smiling like a fool the entire way home. I feel a sense of relief driving to work since the new tires have been put on. My van is old, needs lots of work and just recently needs brakes, but I am so grateful for the tires, if that was the only thing fixed on it, it would be enough…Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!”
Mark your calendars!
Our annual fundraiser, Monsters’ Ball, will be held Saturday, November 1st, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Event Center West in West Des Moines, IA.
Entertainment this year features a popular local band, Flipside.
Tickets are $10 per person 11 and older, $5 for children 2-10 or $25 per family.
Not only do you get to dance and listen to good music, there will also be:
- Children’s activities
- Costume Contest
- Door Prizes
- Silent Auction
- Cash Bar
We hope to see you all there!
Generations of Compassion was introduced to Margaret and her family through the Arvada Food Bank in Arvada, Colorado.
Margaret is originally from California, where she had been married and was the victim of a violent relationship. One night, her husband attempted to take her life by stabbing her 27 times and then taking his own life. Margaret was left caring for her large family of 14 (her 6 children, a grandson, a niece and her two children, another niece, and a nephew). Her father, who lived in Colorado, was her source of support and strength, until he passed away in the last year. Margaret moved her family from California to Colorado to take care of her father’s affairs and burial, moving the large family into her father’s 2 bedroom trailer home, where they work together to make a warm and loving home.
The children range in age from 2 to 24, with Margaret and the older children working outside the home to help provide for the family’s needs. Margaret is a very shy, humble and proud woman, whose care and concern for the children is always her first priority.
Generations of Compassion met with Margaret and her adult niece, Jessica, to help provide much needed food for the family and warms coats and gloves for the children. We were able to provide Margaret with food to last them for several weeks, coats and gloves for the 9 younger children. Through the kind donations of our supporters, we were also able to ensure there were presents for the youngest children under the Christmas tree for the holiday.
Margaret and her family have touched our GCF family and are paying it forward by volunteering with our family at Generations of Compassion and helping others in need.
We raised funds to help more families and individuals, got the word out about our organization and having a blast while we did it.
Thank you to all our volunteers, who worked hard to make it fun!
Thank you to all who attended and supported us!
We learn each time we hold Monsters’ Ball and are already making plans to make next year better than ever with continued focus to make it a fun family friendly event.
Check out picture gallery to see some of the monsters, ghosts and ghouls in attendance.