Thanks to our generous supporters, Open Your Heart recently funded the replacement of appliances in DIW’s Healing Spirit House which supports up to five American Indian long-term foster care males ages 16-21.
DIW has been a key contributor to the Native community for over 70 years. Their mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. They achieve this by focusing on the community and delivering programs and services directly or in partnership with other organizations. Their vision is American Indian communities that build upon inherent strengths and create safe, healthy, and nurturing environments in which everyone thrives.
DIW staff works to provide young men with the support they need to stay in school graduate and learn the skills they will need to transition to successful, independent living. But they also need to consider their basic needs. One of the ways they do this is to make sure they have appliances that are in working order, e.g., a washer and dryer for clean clothes, a refrigerator that keeps food cold and/or frozen, a safely operating stove to prepare meals, a microwave for heating snacks, a dishwasher to make sure dishes are clean, etc.
Funding from Open Your Heart will ensure that the supportive home that DIW has set up for their American Indian foster care boys takes care of their basic needs. This kind of investment shows their boys that they care about giving them a space that feels like a stable home and that they will make sure their needs are met. This can go a long way toward helping them feel like they are cared for and that they matter.
Thank you, Division of Indian Work, for everything you do!