In a blink of an eye, here we are at the end of December. At French Gerleman, we wanted to spread some extra cheer this holiday season. Our St. Louis and Columbia branches stepped up this year to help us adopt two families and donate money to a veteran’s organization. Keep reading to learn more about these programs.
Since June, our employees have had the opportunity to participate in scheduled casual day by donating a minimum of $1 per day. The money raised from our casual days went towards our Adopt a Family for the holidays. We raised enough money to adopt two families this holiday season!
We worked with Epworth Children and Family Services – Holiday Wish Granting Program to adopt the two families.
For 150 years, Epworth Children and Family Services has provided the St. Louis community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect.
On behalf of the families, we just want to thank everyone for the donations, a little bit does go a long way! Without the support of our amazing team members, we would not have been able to provide these deserving families these amazing holiday gifts.
Our French Gerleman –Columbia Branch donated the proceeds from their scheduled casual days to Welcome Home, Inc.
Welcome Home, Inc. is based in Columbia, MO and serves the homeless veterans in our area. There is a project to build 20 or so one bedroom apartments at the east end of the business loop in coordination with the VA and the Housing Authority. In this same area, Welcome Home, Inc. is collecting money to build a shelter for homeless veterans, both male and female, that will be able to shelter the children and spouses of homeless veterans as well.
Currently, the Welcome Home, Inc. Veteran’s homeless shelter is on Rangeline Road. Due to space and monetary restrictions, the shelter on Rangeline Road has been turning away women, families and, in the last year, over 100 male homeless veterans.
We are thankful to be in a position to make a donation that will benefit our homeless veterans and look forward to working with them again in the future.
We are grateful for our compassionate employees and team who have joined together this year to help us support these great organizations. From all of us at French Gerleman, we want to wish you a happy and safe holiday, and an even better New Year!