How are all of you? It’s a beautiful Monday here on the east coast, almost like we skipped spring and went straight to summer 🙂
I mentioned that I would be doing a write up on “Elevate Hope Foundation”. I have started this post about 3 times. I had to work through some tough memories, but finally my words can flow smoothly.
Mission: (used by permission from the official EHF website)
Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF) is dedicated to providing abused and abandoned children an alternative method of therapy through music and the arts, and funding special services and programs that assist the needs of these children using these fundamental methods.
Co-founded in 2001 by entertainer Sheila E. and business manager, Lynn Mabry, EHF supports existing programs of their beneficiaries through monetary funding and in-kind donations e.g. musical instruments, art supplies, and work stations complete with computers, keyboards and applicable instructional software.
Over 65 percent of our grant dollars will be invested at the local community level. Outside financial support fills a viable niche in light of more conservative funding offered by the federal government.
Foster care systems and outreach programs alike share the urgent demand for funding and unite in this strong commitment to serve the needs of disadvantaged children…..continue reading complete Mission, Challenge, and Solution
Testimonials & Mission
I am honored to present a foundation that I believe in. A lot of times we hear about different programs and become skeptical about helping. I can honestly say The Elevate Hope Foundation is built on spiritual values and lead by Love. Sheila E. has helped many children over the years. She treats her fans practically like family. Although EHF was not officially established at the time, my life was personally affected by Sheila’s movement. I will share some of my story with you:
I will begin by saying I have been a big fan of Sheila E’s since I was a teen. I had gone through the loss of two of my closest family members, and had to move from the city back to the country for about 3 yrs. That meant new school, new neighbors, new everything, and of course leaving friends behind.
In my mind I was basically cool with change. What I didn’t know is how the move really affected me emotionally. It’s difficult to think about sometimes. My grades began to drop, and I began to hang out in the streets more often. Although the move meant we were closer to some of my family, it was still hard for me to adjust to loosing the people closest to me in life. I know as an adult I really needed to talk to someone or get therapy. I was falling quickly into a depression, without the knowledge to know what was going on. On the outside I appeared fine, but inside was so much sadness. I didn’t know that I was actually suffering from abandonment issues.
I remember thinking ” I want to get out”. Not out of life, but just out of the situation I had no control of. Music and art became my sweet escape.
I’d listen to Prince, Sheila E. and HipHop music over and over. I used to go to the public library and read all the articles on my favorite artist. I used to research and find all the information about fan clubs etc. I began to write to Sheila E. when I was in High School. Her sister was in charge of her fan club. We were close in age and became friends. We’d talk for hours just shooting the breeze, and exchanging teenage stories.
I can’t remember all the things I wrote in my letters to Sheila E. I do know it was a lot of them lol. Today I know those letters probably helped me release some of the bottled up pain I had inside.
I don’t know if Sheila read the things that I wasn’t saying, but she reached out and called me on several occasions. Oh the memories. I had this wild friend who wasn’t scared of anything.We were young and didn’t know any better. I’d never do anything like this now of course, but one night we called Sheila while she was in a session with PRINCE! My friend and I had actually interrupted her session. She didn’t even get angry, she took the call like it was cool. She had compassion for us.
This key meeting helped not only “elevate my hope” but it gave me HOPE. Having positive people in my life helped me make better choices. The Escovedo family were and still are so loving. Although they didn’t whisk me away to Cali like I wanted :-), I had long distance mentors. They became a great example to me in many ways. I began to believe that I could do better, and I did. This relationship helped me when I needed it most. This was the first step on my road to recovering…
Just like Sheila helped me,we can help make a difference by helping children in need. We see the stories over and over again on the news. Abuse and abandonment are extremely serious issues. Without proper therapy and treatment, it is very difficult for a child to adjust or get through the effects. If you are able to, please make a donation to a good cause. If you live in the Los Angeles area maybe you can volunteer. Please visit the official site for more information on EHF volunteering, donations, sponsorship, auctions, and events: “Elevate Hope Foundation”
I can truly tell you, a little help goes a very long way…
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Have A Great Day All
Pz Til Later!~…