Ms. M successfully graduated from our long-term transitional housing program last year, after escaping an abusive relationship. With KAFSC’s support, she secured permanent housing and a job as a nail technician. She felt empowered to lead an independent life and raise her nine-year old son as a single mom. However, the recent Covid-19 pandemic changed her life upside down — unemployed, distressed by her financial hardship, she felt hopeless and constantly worried for her and her son’s future. That’s when she called KAFSC’s 24-hr hotline to seek support again.
This is one of many daunting stories we are encountering daily. And KAFSC continues to ensure support for clients like Ms. M during this unprecedented time.
Today, KAFSC was supposed to be celebrating our 31 years of service to survivors of domestic violence and their successes by hosting an Annual Benefit Gala with more than 600 friends and allies. Instead, we are sending our sincerest thoughts of safety and well-being to our community knowing that COVID-19 has unilaterally upended our lives and we are all grieving the loss of normalcy, some their livelihood, and many others the passing of a loved one.
For what was supposed to be an evening of celebration — we take a moment of silence in solidarity for all who are suffering.
The reality is that our gala is more than just a celebration. It is the culmination of a year of hard-fought successes to support our survivors; it is the recognition of the accomplishments achieved due the generosity of our supporters. The evening has always been for KAFSC to reflect on the challenges overcome, commit to continue the work, and rally our community to partner with us for what we have yet to accomplish.
In truth, the loss of our Annual Benefit Gala is devastating. Proceeds from this annual event make up 20% of our operating budget. These are critical funds that directly support the many children, youth, and adult programs and services designed to provide our clients like Ms. M, a path out of oppression and to a life free of violence and economic independence.
Please join us in supporting resilient survivors like Ms. M. today! The loss of our Annual Benefit Gala will have long-lasting and far-reaching effects. Your generosity will cause a ripple of change, bringing hope to many. You can make a difference in the lives of these survivors and their children by making a donation here: https://KAFSCGIVE.givesmart.com.
Thank you for your continued generosity. Stay safe and healthy.
The Korean-American Family Service Center