#GivingTuesday falls on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving and is recognized as a global day of charity. In 2016, CFGP participated in #GivingTuesday by raising funds for the Thea Bowman Women’s Center, a ministry of St. Francis Inn.
The Thea Bowman Women’s Center is located in the Kensington section of Philadelphia where poverty rates are high and the streets are riddled with violence. The Center is a "drop-in" style outreach facility where struggling women are able to seek refuge, counseling, a hot meal, and more. The Center's primary role is to provide a community to women where they can support each other’s needs in a nurturing judge-free zone.
Donations to the Thea Bowman Women’s Center provided clothing, food and other greatly needed supplies to sustain the facility. They also benefitted special outings and therapeutic trips for the women of the Center. CFGP’s #GivingTuesday campaign raised a total of $3,600.
“The women are able to rest and relax while being empowered to take steps towards healing and recovery at their own pace,” said Natalie Weaver, Director of the Thea Bowman Women’s Center. “Your gift helps Thea's continue to offer a safe space that many women call home.” – Natalie Weaver, Director, Thea Bowman Women’s Center