November 24, 2010

A Fresh Start

Sarah is a Charlotte-area junior who has been a Girl Scout for ten years.

She is now in the final stage of earning her Gold Award.

Much like the Eagle Award is to the Boy Scouts of America, the Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. Only about 5% of eligible Scouts successfully earn the prestigious award. The Scout must complete 30 hours of leadership work, 40 hours of career exploration, and the 4Bs Challenge during which the scout identifies key needs in her community. After those steps have been taken, she must complete a service project. This service project must extend beyond GSUSA and provide a lasting benefit. It requires a minimum of 65 hours of work.

Sarah says that the homelessness crisis in Charlotte has been a passion of hers for many years, primarily due to her mother’s involvement with the Urban Ministry Center for almost half of Sarah’s life. Because of this, it was an easy decision for Sarah to determine her Gold Award project, as she has grown up working with homeless people.

For her project, called “A Fresh Start,” she is compiling 85 laundry baskets full of basic household items, including dish detergent, washcloths, hangers and sponges, to be donated to the upcoming residents of Charlotte’s newly constructed Moore Place, a housing facility built by the Urban Ministry Center. Moore Place will be Charlotte’s first permanent supportive home built to give a roof to chronically homeless men and women. Sarah’s aim is to provide these baskets as a house warming gift and starter pack.

As a Helping Hands event for November, Addison Whitney collected enough goods to fill two laundry baskets with the household items. These items will benefit two new residents of Moore Place and will make a dramatic impact in getting these new residents settled in their new homes.

Sarah plans to help the residents move in and hopes to continue working with them long after their first bottle of laundry detergent runs out.

If you’d like to put together a basket for Sarah’s project, please visit her website.
You can read more about Moore Place here.

One Comment

  1. Kathy   November 29, 2010 11:41 am / Reply

    What an admirable Gold Award project for Sarah. Kudos to Addison Whitney for supporting her project!

    For a chronically homeless person or family to finally have a place to call home, it’s encouraging for them to know that others are thinking about them and want to help them be successful in their new home.

    Thanks for sharing the good news Jenna!

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