Dear Friends and Supporters,
If you have followed along with us as CeCe’s has grown from the idea that we need to try and meet the needs of a high-risk population, you will know that they can quickly fall through the cracks of available support and services in the community. By bridging the gap in available services, we help young women continue their healing from sexual abuse and trauma and minimize their risks of falling back into a cycle of exploitation. We have all been working towards the day when we would be able to provide housing to young women in our program.
So many pieces are falling into place, just as the need is becoming even more acute! Our population is at high risk for homelessness, and many have already experienced it one or more times in their lives. While government and nonprofit agencies are responding creatively and aggressively to serve and support a daunting homeless population, plagued also by the heat, collectively, as a community, we are unable to meet the demand. There are not enough beds. This is exacerbated by about 80 kids aging out of Arizona's foster care system each month.
Let’s do this friends! We have the paperwork in place and the program guidelines ready to go. We are working with realtors and visiting properties. We must be able to offer temporary housing! My heart breaks every time we tell a young woman that shelters are full and we have to ask her to “hang on for another day…or week?” I miss being able to meet and talk with you all and the community. I recorded a short video as a way to speak with you directly.
Stay safe, cool, and healthy and I look forward to the time when we can all gather again.
CEO & Co-Founder
Click here to view a video message from Lea Benson.