I am Mary O. Kerrigan, Executive Director of Step Up Ventura, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness where it begins…in early childhood.
Homelessness is very hard to escape, especially when you are born into a homeless family.
Homelessness is scary, especially for young children, and fear interferes with children’s ability to trust, pay attention, and learn.
Step Up Ventura will provide nurturing all-day, year-round infant and toddler care and preschool to homeless children, so that they can succeed in school and life. This will give their parents the time to get education, training, jobs and housing, bringing stability to their children’s lives.
Meeting that goal will take a lot, but our participation in the Chamber has helped greatly already. Chamber members have donated goods and services and sponsored fundraisers. At the heart of it, it’s all about relationships. We have formed some wonderful relationships with Chamber members.
As a Chamber Member I am delighted to be part of an organization where so many business members generously give to programs working to end homelessness. Step Up Ventura and I look forward to strengthening existing Chamber relationships and forming new ones in the coming year.
We invite Chamber members to join us in our fundraising efforts so that we may fulfill our promise to the homeless children of Ventura.