Response to Programs Brightens the Holidays for Community Members
Employees and students helped the 2014 Adopt-a-Family/ Adopt-a-Senior Program and the Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program reach record success by providing assistance to nearly 700 families and individuals.
This year, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement partnered with local senior housing facilities, an elementary school in a high-poverty area, an adult day care center, and a program supporting military veterans and their families facing homelessness. Several of the adopted families and individuals confronted a number of hardships, including layoffs, eviction, substance abuse, absentee parents, the lack of basic necessities, and terminal illness. Yet, with an overwhelming display of kindness, members of the Johns Hopkins community added cheer to an otherwise challenging holiday season for those in need.
More than 490 individuals, seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities, referred from our partnering agencies, received assistance in the form of household supplies, toys, grocery store gift cards, and much more. In its fifth year of providing healthy food baskets to those in need, more than 3,300 pounds of food was provided to over 200 families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays.
The Office of Work, Life and Engagement gives a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped those in need during the holiday season.