Lenten Appeal 2021
A spring in their steps and music in their hearts
Last year was one to strike out of the history books for many of us. But for some families in our community, a global pandemic is just one more thing to worry about on an already teetering pile.
'An overwhelming feeling of hopelessness'
Jess lives in Adelaide’s northern suburbs with her two children, aged three and one. After having her second child, Jess experienced postnatal depression. She was struggling with the pressures of being a single parent amid an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. Jess had lost touch with family and friends and felt ashamed to ask for help. She was also worried about the impact her poor mental health was having on her children.
An invitation to Move and Groove
Fortunately, Jess saw a Facebook post about our Move and Groove sessions, held weekly at Family Zone at Ingle Farm, and decided to give them a try. Designed for families with children under five, the program encourages children and their carers to get up and move to uplifting music. The children
love engaging with bright colours, fairy lights and bubbles as they dance. It’s an opportunity for children to just ‘be kids’ in a safe environment, regardless of the situations they may be experiencing at home.
Whilst they were a little shy at first, Jess’s children relished the opportunity to have fun with the other youngsters. They soon began to make friends and look forward to attending weekly. Similarly, Jess’s confidence grew each week. You could see her inhibitions being cast aside and a smile return to her face as she joined in with her children and the other families.
Connection and encouragement
Jess was able to build a strong relationship with the facilitators, who encouraged her to seek professional help for her mental health. She was also able to form friendships with some of the other parents from the group, and began meeting up with them for play dates and coffee outside the program.
We saw that Jess could benefit from getting involved in some other Lutheran Care programs to help her get back on her feet. So, we referred her to a budget cooking program which gave her great ideas for nutritious meals and the skills to make her weekly food budget stretch further. Jess also became involved in other local programs at Family Zone such as an active kids’ playgroup, tailored especially for busy children who need extra stimulation.
Having been out of the workforce for quite a few years, Jess lacked confidence about the value of her skills. The Move and Groove facilitators encouraged her to start volunteering. This boosted Jess’s belief in herself, and has since also opened doors to some part-time work, and more security for
A mum with her 'spark back'
On one level, Move and Groove has been an engaging and fun way to reconnect Jess with her children and her community. On a deeper level, Move and Groove was a launchpad to help Jess to a place where she is enjoying being a parent again and feels pride in herself. She feels like she is a good role model for her children, who love that their mum has her spark back.
Move and Groove is just one of many impactful programs that we are proud to facilitate here at Lutheran Care. As we move into this blessed season of Lent, I would like to ask you to consider
giving what you can to our 2021 Lenten Appeal. Your support allows us to continue our work lifting up the most vulnerable members of our community. Every bit helps. It really does.
Thank you for your financial support.
To respond to the needs we see in our community, we rely on the generosity, partnership and financial support of our donors. We are thankful for them, many of whom give sacrificially in order to see the important work continue.
Lutheran Care receives State and Federal government funding for some of our services. However, this funding must be used for that specific program. Your ongoing support helps to fill the gaps and fund many of our services which do not receive funding. Your donation helps ensure the ongoing success of Lutheran Care building 'strong caring communities' in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Every donation received is used to fund Lutheran Care services in SA and NT. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. If you opt in for regular giving, you will receive one tax deductible receipt at the end of the financial year.
How to Donate
We provide a variety of donation options that may be relevant to you. If you have any queries, please contact our office on (08) 8269 9333.
Fill in a brief form with your details when you donate online. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
You can pledge your donation to any of our appeals, or simply select 'where it's needed most'.
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Fill, sign and return this Direct Debit Form to Lutheran Care.
Using the Direct Debit Form (above), you can elect to donate on a regular basis; monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually.
We encourage you to pay annually as it helps to reduce our administration costs, ensuring even more funds reach those in desperate need.
Send a cheque with your Donation Form.
Donate Your Birthday
Planning for your next birthday celebration? Ask for donations instead of gifts! Your friends and family can help to support families in need across SA and the NT...all because you've turned another year older.
Simply let your friends know where to donate, or we can send you donation envelopes for your guests to fill out and send back to us. Contact us on (08) 8269 9333 or email@example.com.
In Memoriam Donations
We are so sorry for your loss.
A donation to Lutheran Care in memory of your loved one is a special way to celebrate their life and allows their memory to live on through the children and families who visit us for support.
For more information, please visit Honour a Loved One.
Leave a Bequest
Many of our supporters choose to Leave a Bequest to Lutheran Care.
It is a lasting gift that ensures the ongoing achievement of our shared vision.