by Amara Emergency Sanctuary Staff Recently at our Emergency Sanctuary we cared for a bright, active girl who was slow to warm up to new people. One afternoon a new volunteer came in and, at first, this child found several places throughout the house to hide. Our volunteer patiently gave her some space, telling her jokes from a few feet away to make her smile
"To my surprise, her crying began to stop as I began singing and playing the guitar..." Listen to this beautiful story of comfort through music for a small child at our Emergency Sanctuary, told by our Therapeutic Childcare Specialist, Emily Stochel.
by Alisha Goel, Emergency Sanctuary Volunteer Growing up, I was always searching for a volunteer opportunity that felt truly meaningful. Sorting donations and spending a day cleaning up my community felt rewarding in their own way, but I never truly felt like I could see the impact of my time. A few months ago, I started volunteering at one of Amara's Emergency Sanctuaries. The Emergency
by Lindsay Craven, Therapeutic Childcare Specialist I wanted to share about a child we cared for recently in our Emergency Sanctuary Program. His words about our Sanctuary really touched me and, I think, are a simple and powerful statement about our work. This young man, and his brothers, who entered our care together had a strong bond. They looked out for each other, and were
We recently shared a short story on Instagram about two young siblings who arrived at our Emergency Sanctuary close to midnight. They were tired, hungry, and in need of baths. After bowls of mac and cheese, glasses of milk, bubble baths, and Berenstain Bears they fell fast asleep. Thanks to the incredible work of our Emergency Sanctuary volunteers, the younger child woke up smiley and ready