Each morning when the children and staff arrive at Vogel Alcove, a plot of huge sunflowers greets us at the door. These striking plants also line the areas where our children play—the black top, playground, and garden. Even in the midst of COVID-19, they never stopped seeking the sun. Sunflowers are so majestic, bright, and cheery that you can’t help but smile when you see them.
Sunflowers have become a symbol of hope as Vogel Alcove remained open through these difficult times. You instantly feel better, just by looking at them. And just as the sunflower is loyal to the sun, we have been dedicated to supporting our children and families.
There are 3 points of wisdom we at Vogel Alcove have taken from the sunflower, today we bring you the second one:
Nine of our families were able to move from shelters to permanent housing—giving a whole new meaning to the term “safe at home.” Yet a house is not a home without basic items, such as furniture. Because of COVID-19, many of the organizations we work with to furnish our families’ homes were closed. We sent out a call to our community for help. And we were overwhelmed by your response to their needs. You donated furniture and home goods, space to store the items, and help delivering them to their final destinations. Your contributions helped turn affordable housing into homes for our families.
While Vogel Alcove has navigated these last months of hardship, our families and staff have stood strong and tall, finding the sunlight amid the darkness. Your generosity has fueled us along the way. Each gift has shone with the brightness of a sunflower’s petals. Your contributions have served as a reminder that no journey is too long or too dark—if, like the sunflower, we continue to seek the sun’s light and warmth. We cannot do it without your continued support.