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We have to have a parking lot? Really?

 

 

Eighteen months ago it seemed like a pretty simple concept.

  • Pregnant teens needed a home

Logically speaking when you see a problem you search for the solution. This one seemed like a no-brainer.

  • Get them a home

I honestly couldn’t figure out why I seemed to be the only one to see the solution. I’m a fairly intelligent woman but not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. As each month passes it’s pretty clear now why nobody wanted to touch this one. As each month passes the stacks of papers, regulations, applications, policies, procedures, licenses, requirements grows exponentially. The budget is nowhere near what we originally thought. We have to convince a whole heck of a lot of people that what we are doing is a good thing. And now we found out we have to have a parking lot.

A Parking Lot? Really?

All we want to do is help those in need

And that, is exactly what we are going to do.

Are you ready to dig in with us? Are your knees ready for some bruised up prayer time? Are your knuckles ready to be bloodied as we climb the side of this cliff?

We have a tough road ahead but it’s necessary.

Are you in?

Leave us a comment below to tell us. Thanks!

2 Corinthians 4:8

The Message (MSG)

 7-12If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side;

 


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Second Round of Grow St. Louis! We made it!

VOTE TO GROW ST. LOUIS

 

Monsanto has a long history of providing generous support to the St. Louis region, donating approximately $9 million last year and more than $97 million since 2000. Now is your chance to vote for the St. Louis area non-profit projects you think Monsanto should support.

 

Almost 160 St. Louis area non-profits, including The Sparrow’s Nest, have submitted entries into Monsanto’s Grow St. Louis contest. Public voting will determine the top three winners of $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 grants from Monsanto.

 

You are invited to http://www.stlgrown.com to vote for The Sparrow’s Nest: Build The Nest Project. You can vote 1 time per day from Jan. 9 through Jan. 29. 

So vote daily!

 

Our project entry is called Build The Nest. This goal of this project is to raise funds to build the future home of The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home. The mission of Sparrow is to provide a Christ-centered shelter and to educate homeless, pregnant, and parenting young women by providing me a wide range of services that empower to make positive, and healthy life decisions for themselves and their babies. 

 

This is an opportunity for all St. Louisans to have a voice in choosing projects they think will most help Grow St. Louis. We hope you’ll support us by voting for our entry – and spread the word to all your friends and family members to vote for us, too!

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“No room in the Inn” takes on another meaning

This has been a heart breaking week so far for The Sparrow’s Nest.

I’ve had numerous calls from young girls who were pregnant or parenting sweet little babies and had no place to go. I had another call from a caseworker still looking for a safe place for his 16 year old client and her 4 month old baby. I looked into the eye of a mother of 13 year old girl who has struggled for months with so many self destructive behaviors. The family just needed a moment of peace.

However, the stark reality is the 3-4 teen shelters in the entire St. Louis metro are full. They’ve started waiting lists again. “No room in the Inn” has taken on another meaning during this holiday season. We’ve started referring girls out of the area. Some are willing to leave what they know. Others can’t imagine being away from their familiar surroundings during this hard time in their lives. Things look pretty bleak.

But, you are hope. And you can make space for even more hope.

Your prayers can help bring light to these dark places.

Your creativity can bring answers to these problems.

Your generosity can help Build The Nest

for a safe and secure place for these innocent babies and their young mothers.

We need champions who will give sacrificially for such a time as this. Please donate whatever you can, $1, $10, $20, $100.

Let’s make space for hope together.

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http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org

You’ve got a freakin’ gold mine!

The average household has $90 in change laying around

We hear a lot of people telling us that they really can’t afford to donate much to The Sparrow’s Nest right now. Times are tough. And believe me. We get that! It’s kinda the reason we’re coming into existence. However, Coinstar® reminds us that there is forgotten money hiding in our homes.  The average American household has a coin stash of  about $90 just waiting to be put to good use. Like helping the fund a home for teens and their precious little babies.

So if you thought you couldn’t give anything, or first thought at most you could only give $25 or so start looking around your house.

To mine for money in your house, follow these steps from the Live on Cash Blog:

  1. Prospect in the most obvious spots first:  pants pockets, handbags, backpacks, coat pockets, etc.
  2. Look for “piggy” and other types of coin banks.  Half of American families keep change in a coin bank of some type.
  3. Check behind chests-of-drawers and cabinets, under beds, refrigerators, dressers, and nightstands, any place where coins might end up after falling on the floor.  28% of the time you will find coins in random locations such as these.
  4. Search out cups, mugs, jars, and other containers.  71% of Americans keep their coins in receptacles of some type.
  5. Explore beneath the cushions and in the cracks of upholstered furniture.  There is a 1 in 5 chance you will find coins there.
  6. Hunt through your washer and dryer.  36% of coins have been “laundered”.
  7. Rummage through drawers.  A third of American families keep coins in drawers.
  8. Comb through your car, especially the glove compartment, under the seats, the cracks within and between seats, and under floor mats.

You don’t even need to count it. Put your stash in a coffee can, a ziploc bag, or chinese food container. We’ll take it to the bank and then issue you a tax-ductible receipt.

And you thought you couldn’t afford to donate to The Sparrow’s Nest this year.:)

After you go on your coin scavenger hunt, let us know the most unusual place you found money. What was the highest amount you found?

Happy Mining!

Knock! Knock!

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You can help The Sparrow’s Nest buy ME! I’m an empty house just waiting to become a home for teen moms who need a safe place to stay!

 

 

Hi there!

I have a dream.

I have a dream that one day soon, my bedrooms will be filled with young women who need a safe place to stay as they wait for their babies to be born. In my kitchen, loving adults will sit around the table with teen moms, helping them with schoolwork and teaching them how to properly care for their little ones. My family room will be filled with warmth and laughter as these young women find the support and encouragement they need to make positive choices for themselves and their babies.

I suppose I could be bought by someone else. Maybe an average family looking for more space, or a bachelor planning to fix me up and sell me for a profit. But deep in my foundation, I know I was built for something more.

You are the key to unlocking the greatness that exists behind these walls.

Right now, I’m sitting here vacant, doing nothing. Once in a while, I see a driver slow down, squint at my “For Sale” sign, and then keep on going. But that’s OK, because I’m waiting to become something amazing: the home of The Sparrow’s Nest.

And when my doors open next year, I’ll be a maternity home for teen moms in  St. Charles County. It’s enough to make my shingles tingle with pride!

Word around the neighborhood is that you’re already a supporter of The Sparrow’s Nest. That’s fantastic! But I’m going to need some more help if I’m going to be ready to take care of these moms and their babies by next summer.

By returning these with your tax-deductible donation to The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home—or by making a secure online contribution at http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org—you will get me one step closer to making my dream come true.

You can help TODAY by sponsoring

A coat of paint= $25

A washer and dryer (gotta keep those little onesies clean)= $1000

An entire bedroom= $25,000

 But the most important thing is for you to do what you can—NOW. Right now these young ladies have nowhere else to go . . . and I’m just sitting here empty.

Yours truly,

Future Home of The Sparrow’s Nest

Super Easy Way to Help Build The Nest

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Here’s an easy way to raise money for The Sparrow’s Nest. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine and they’ll donate about a penny to us every time you do a search!

In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall, GoodShop.com, where you can shop at more than 2,400 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to The Sparrow’s Nest. You pay the same price as you normally would, but after you choose The Sparrow’s Nest as your cause a donation goes to us!

You can also enroll in the GoodDining program. Eat at over 10,000 participating restaurants nationwide and you can earn up to 6% of every dollar spent on the meal as a donation for The Sparrow’s Nest.

Here’s the web site — http://www.goodsearch.com. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Does Your Phone Ring Non Stop?

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Does your phone seem to ring

NON-STOP?

Are you like me and sometimes you just hate to answer the phone? Maybe you are like me and Itʼs not because you donʼt like talking to your friends and family, or because you are avoiding telemarketers trying to convince you to change your cable service. Itʼs because too often, the person on the other end of the line is in dire need of help–and at the moment, the help they need doesnʼt exist.

You see, because of my involvement as a parent educator, pregnancy counselor and church youth volunteer, I frequently receive calls like these:

* Father of a 15-year-old pregnant girl called saying… He didnʼt want to kick her out of the house; he simply wanted to provide her with the opportunity she needed to get her life back on a positive track. After dozens of calls, it seemed that his only option was to send her far away from St. Charles.

* A 16 year old called explaining… she was three months pregnant and her parents had kicked her out. None of her friendsʼ families were willing to take her in, and she had nowhere else to go. She asked me what she should do next.

These are just a tiny reflection of the dozens of similar stories Iʼve heard over the phone these last few years. My heart ached as I shared in the painful reality of each caller. Finally, I decided that this situation had to change–and the idea for The Sparrowʼs Nest Maternity Home in St. Charles, Missouri was hatched.

Plans are underway to open the doors of The Sparrowʼs Nest Maternity Home in  2012. Weʼve made a good start toward raising the initial funding it will take to begin operations and to start making a difference, but we are relying on your help for this dream to take flight.

Right now, we need our supporters to help us “Build the Nest” so together we can start building HOPE. We are looking for lease-to-own houses in north St. Charles with enough space to house up to eight teen mothers and their babies, as well as our staff.

To do this will require every single person reading this letter to take action to raise our first goal of $100,000 by December 31, 2011. We need:

100 people to donate $1000

or 200 people to give $500

or 400 people to give $250

or 2000 people to give $50.

Will you answer this call?

The Sparrowʼs Nest is a registered 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax- deductible. You can mail your donation to The Sparrow’s Nest, ATTN: Treasurer, 911 Hampshire Heath Dr, O’Fallon, MO 63368, or if itʼs more convenient, you can make a secure online contribution by hitting the donate button at http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org.

What matters most is that you do it today. Each year in our area, dozens of homeless young women and their unborn babies find themselves in urgent need of shelter and support, and they are depending on you to help them find it.

Meanwhile, my phone hasnʼt stopped ringing.

-Carissa Figgins

636-336-2534