Last month, Almost Home hosted its annual baby shower fundraiser at the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. According to a press release, 70 guests attended the event to support the nonprofit and its mission to empower young moms and their children by providing housing, career services and other resources.
Almost Home thanks its presenting sponsor, Edward Jones, and 14 corporate and individual sponsors for helping the organization surpass its fundraising goal of $75,000. “The free event raised $88,000, thanks to sponsors and community members who are committed to supporting St. Louis’ most vulnerable populations,” the release states.
The event involved activities including whiskey tasting and a raffle, and the baby shower allowed guests to learn more about the impact of Almost Home from a mother who benefitted personally from its services. The nonprofit’s executive director Reona Wise also recognized the donors and volunteers who have contributed to the organization’s success over the years.
“For 28 years, Almost Home has helped young mothers find their way to independence,” Wise says in a statement. “Over the past 11 years, through this annual event, corporations like Edward Jones have helped to build the village that our families need.”
Event volunteer Diona J. Mills says that hearing the stories of young mothers who have received financial and emotional support from Almost Home “speaks volumes of the work being done in this amazing organization.”
“As a former teenage mother who was met with similar challenges as these young moms many years ago, I was overjoyed to see the resources that Almost Home provides for the community," Mills relates.