Children's Shelter Update
Help for today...Hope for tomorrow
You have probably heard us use the phrase ‘Help for today
and Hope for tomorrow’. This is our simple way of saying what we do at Bashor
everyday through alternative education, residential services, foster care and
community based services. In fact we have been providing ‘Help for today and
Hope for tomorrow’ for children and youth for over 93 years we always knew
these words were special to our mission but in 2015 the phrase took on a whole
You probably remember seeing the tragic news story in March of 2015 about Devin
Borkowski, a teen runaway that was found dead in an abandoned home in Elkhart
County. The news shocked the community
and it didn’t take long for the community to look to Bashor for answers and
The entire Bashor team was heartbroken over the situation.
What could we have done to prevent this from happening, but more importantly,
what could we do to make sure it didn’t happen again. We knew something needed to be done, AS SOON
In true Bashor fashion, we immediately scheduled a planning
meeting to discuss the idea of opening a shelter for runaways and homeless
teens and in September 2015 the board approved a feasibility study for the
It took no time at all for the Board of Directors to
determine that the community needed us and without any hesitation we decided to
open a children’s shelter in the spring of 2016. With very little time we knew
we needed all of the help we could get from the community, so on November 1,
2015 we held a press conference
announcing the need for funds for the project.
No one knew how the community would respond to our plea for
funds and all we could do was wait...But we didn’t have to wait long!
Soon after the press conference, people began contacting us
to help. Donations big and small came in
from old, and new friends of Bashor. Dozens of phone calls came in offering
furniture and appliances. Volunteer groups and services clubs offered their
support through work projects. It was
very clear that this was resonating with the community in a really BIG way.
On January 8, 2016 we held another press conference
announcing that with the help of our generous community we reached our goal.
Now that we had the funds to open The Children’s Shelter, we
needed to recruit and hire a strong and dedicated team to provide a safe,
secure home. Once again we saw an out
pour of help from the community. Applications started coming in immediately
after we announced our hiring push. A highly qualified team of caring and
compassionate folks were ready to make a difference in the lives of these
children and teens.
In the upcoming weeks renovations and construction began and
quickly The Children’s Shelter started looking like a home.
On March 22, 2016 we held the official ribbon cutting
ceremony announcing The Children’s Shelter at Bashor would open in April. Before the doors even opened, referrals
started coming in for teens that needed a emergency, temporary living. We knew
there was a need for a shelter of this kind, but when the doors opened on April
4, 2105 we found out just how big of a need it really was for our community.
Since we opened the doors on we have had over 40 referrals
and consistently 8 teens each night.
One thing I have always loved about Bashor, is the way we
respond to the needs of our community. Part of the reason we are able to
respond so quickly is because of the generous support of people like you. Thank
you for your commitment to the Bashor mission and for all of the support you have
shown us this year — and what a year it was! Because of you we have been able
to truly provide Help for today and Hope for tomorrow to homeless teens and
youth in the community.