Wednesday, August 22, 2018
LifeWay Network joins the global movement against human trafficking by providing safe housing for women survivors and offering education about trafficking to the general public. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and impacts more than 20 million people worldwide, including women and children in New York City.
We are one of only two organizations in the New York Metro area providing safe housing specifically for women survivors of human trafficking and we have served more than 85 women. Our Safe Housing Program goes beyond offering shelter by welcoming each woman into a supportive environment that helps them recover from their trauma, regain their sense of self-worth and enables them to move from isolation towards reclaiming their independence.
The Education Program raises public awareness about this crime that should have no place in the 21st century. To date, Lifeway Network has reached more than13,000 people.
We invite you to join us in ending modern-day slavery by supporting the 5K Race for Freedom on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY.
Please consider sponsoring the 5K Race for Freedom. A $1000 sponsorship includes public recognition at the event and logo on the race shirt. A $2500 sponsorship includes website acknowledgement, public recognition at the event, and logo on the race shirt. Sponsorships must be confirmed and logos received by September 12th for race shirts. There are also opportunities to underwrite expenses or donate in-kind items and receive public recognition at the race.
You may also want to form a team to volunteer at the Race or participate as runners / walkers. This is a great way to offer employees, alumni groups or friends a chance to give back to the community and have fun together. Race registration to run or walk is $40 per person, and teams receive a discount of $5 per person.
LifeWay Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your contribution is tax-deductible as allowed by law. For more information, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website w ww.lifewaynetwork.org.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
When I was in elementary school my puppy, Kerry, died unexpectedly. I sat on my bed and cried inconsolably. She had been there when I left for school and then she was gone. That’s how it felt, that she no longer existed because I couldn’t see her.
My experience of loss would have been greatly helped if I had had a copy of God Needed a Puppy, Emmy Award-winning TV journalist John Gray’s newly released book that helps children (and adults) see their pet’s death in a different light. A wise owl named Edgar reveals the healing idea that the pet was needed by another child in heaven and that those two are now playing together and happy. If I had been able to think of Kerry this way I could have pictured her everyday in her new life and she would have lived on for me.
Gray was prompted to write God Needed a Puppy after he experienced the unexpected death of his six-month-old puppy named Samuel. He teamed up with Shanna Brickell who created lovely colored illustrations of woodland critters, domestic pets and their worlds. They lend a gentle, comforting feel to the book.
At first Gray envisioned the project as a modest venture that he would self-publish. He held an event in an Albany, NY, mall and 850 people waited in line to buy copies. Eventually he sold 14,500 copies before signing with Paraclete Press, which releases the book today.
A portion of the proceeds will go to animal shelters around the country. Gray says everyone has a purpose.
“Maybe Samuel’s purpose is this book.”