From the moment Beverly Roberts-Cruse came to Dignity Housing, 28 years ago, she worked tirelessly to deliver a safe and supportive environment for the homeless families and individuals we serve. At Dignity Housing’s 2016 Gala to honor Beverly’s retirement as Executive Director, she announced the launch of one final project, something she’s wanted to accomplish for Dignity for over ten years.
Each year, approximately 100 children reside with their families in a Dignity Housing unit. All come from low income households, most are being raised by a single mother and many were living in emergency shelters before finding Dignity. These children have ongoing stressors due to trauma, which is often related to being homeless and witnessing their parents struggle. Many of the mothers residing in our Alicia’s House program come from tragic pasts, plagued by domestic violence. Because of this, simple things like taking their children to the community park or even just playing outside is usually not an option. For this reason, Dignity Housing has proudly launched a campaign to build our residents and their children a safe and fun place to play, steps away from their front door, on the gated property of our Alicia’s House program.
Thanks to a grant from Fox & Roach Charities, we are half way to our goal for “Beverly’s Playground,” but we still need your support. Please consider purchasing an engraved brick for our donor walkway. The bricks are available in three different levels and can be customized with your name and/or a message. In addition to leaving a lasting legacy, you will receive regular updates on the progress of the playground and be invited to take part in our ribbon cutting ceremony. With your help, Beverly’s dream of building Dignity’s playground will become a reality and be a place where children can play freely with their peers, mothers can catch up with neighbors, and everyone can enjoy the fresh air in a safe, accessible environment.