Giving Back - Charity

Trinity Stores is a socially conscious company, determined to do its part to help. A percentage of the proceeds from each product sold is donated to one of our selected charities.

There are thousands of great charities to choose from.  After a great deal of research and evaluation, we selected three charities which have an excellent rating for how they manage their funds.  We feel these three charities represent and help a wide spectrum of special people with special needs.

In addition, when you purchase any artwork you directly support the artists or their respective religious order (Franciscans, Jesuits, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales). This is accomplished via the royalties paid for every art image and product you purchase. Trinity Stores and our artists are truly grateful for your support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Please feel free to learn more about our three charities, listed below, and don't forget to purchase your own Prayer Shawls 4 Charity.


NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)      

About NAMI: Support, Education, Advocacy, and Research
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI's mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI's greatest strength is the dedication of our grassroots leaders and members. We are the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country.

Due in large part to generous individual, corporate, and foundation donations, NAMI is able to build on its success and continue to focus on three cornerstones of activity that offer hope, reform, and health to our American community: Awareness, Education, and Advocacy.

Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives, and activities in support of the NAMI mission, a sample of which is described below.

Awareness and Support: A Pathway to Recovery
NAMI's support and public education efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority. Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families. No one is to blame. Treatment works, but only half of people living with mental illness receive treatment. NAMI has engaged in a variety of activities to create awareness about mental illness and promote the promise of recovery. 

Education: The Face and Voice of Mental Illness
NAMI offers an array of peer education and training programs, initiatives and services for individuals, family members, health care providers and the general public. NAMI's education and support programs provide relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. These programs draw on the lived experience of individuals who have learned to live well with mental illness and have been extensively trained to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators. NAMI and volunteer grassroots leaders are committed to education as the pathway to recovery, empowerment and wellness. In addition to education programs and initiatives offered through NAMI National, many of NAMI's over 1,100 affiliates offer an array of support and education programs and activities for families and individuals. Many of NAMI's program offerings are also available in Spanish language and some are also provided by means of translations into other languages. 

Advocacy: A Respected Force
NAMI is recognized as the preeminent voice on Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country for the millions of Americans living with serious mental illness. NAMI advocates have fought for policy changes that raise the bar on mental illness care and promote treatment and research on par with other illnesses. NAMI's advocacy provides a unique voice for people who live with mental illness and their families in state and federal public and private-sector policies that facilitate research, end discrimination, reduce barriers to successful life in the community and promote timely, comprehensive and effective mental health services and supports. NAMI National and NAMI grassroots leaders work steadily to influence critical national policy debates as they unfold. 

For more information visit www.nami.org


AMERICAN HOSPICE FOUNDATION (AHF)       

Vision
Hospice will be an integral part of our society, culture and belief systems.

Mission
To improve access to quality hospice care through public education, professional training, and advocacy on behalf of consumers.

What Is the American Hospice Foundation?
The American Hospice Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages.

Our Foundation advances hospice concepts by:

  • Training school professionals who work with grieving students.
  • Educating employers and managers about the needs of grieving employees.
  • Creating tools to help hospices reach out to their communities.
  • Promoting improved hospice benefits in managed care organizations.
  • Initiating research on consumer needs and preferences in end-of-life care.

    By forging partnerships at local and national levels, we ensure that hospice care is available to many who might otherwise be underserved.

    Our current initiatives include:
  • Training workshops and materials on grieving children for educators.
  • Employer outreach campaign to aid bereaved employees and their co-workers.
  • In-service programs for hospice and nursing home staff.
  • Tools for decision-making at the end of life for caregivers of the terminally ill.

Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating
Every year since 2005, the American Hospice Foundation has earned the highest rating of four stars from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator.  In Charity Navigator’s words, “Less than 12 % of the charities we’ve rated have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Hospice Foundation outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible.  This ‘exceptional’ rating from Charity Navigator differentiates American Hospice Foundation from its peers and proves that it’s worthy of the public’s trust.”

AHF participates in both the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and Health 1st – America’s Charities Federation.  Find us in the CFC catalog under Hospice America, (CFC# 10362) as a member of the Health 1st – America’s Charities Federation.

For more information visit www.americanhospice.org 


STANDUP FOR KIDS                     

Will You StandUp For Kids?

The mission of StandUp For Kids is to help homeless and street kids.
We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.

Our focus goes beyond street outreach and extends to deterrence and resource programs that we provide in schools and via the internet. But all facets of our mission are guided by the mandate that our volunteers shall tell kids they care about them and then, at every point, prove it.

StandUp For Kids' outreach counselors will search alleys, abandoned buildings, in the woods, through the brush, along rivers and beaches, caves, and many more places looking for street and homeless kids. Initially, we provide basic necessities such as clothes, hygiene products, and food. Our outreach approach is effective because we don't ask for anything in return. We simply tell kids "we want to help you do what you want to do. What is that?" Or, "if StandUp For Kids could do one thing for you, what would that be?"

The reasons kids leave home are many, but some studies suggest that as many as 90 percent of the youngsters who leave home do so because of child abuse. They have been physically, sexually, or emotionally hurt and taken advantage of. Youngsters who are abused are sometimes afraid to tell anyone they know. Some fear that they will get their abuser in trouble, or will be hurt even more, some are embarrassed; some may have even been told they deserve the abuse. Sometimes leaving home seems like the only answer.

StandUp For Kids believes all kids should have choices when it comes to their personal safety. We know first hand that once on the streets, young people are at even higher risk of being physically and/or sexually victimized, of self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to reduce emotional pain. Some even attempt suicide and often engage in acts of "survival" sex to meet their need for food, shelter, and clothing. Thirteen kids die on the streets every day from abuse, disease and suicide. Children aren't living on the streets, they're dying!

Kids are running away at the rate of 1 every minute. In the days that follow, as they continue to flee, they run into many things; drug dealers, pimps, perverts and pedophiles, STD's, and HIV. And, some die! For many, the act of "running away" has become a "crash" of unbelievable proportions, such that recovery from the streets will take months and in some cases years. Our goal is to reach the kids, before they reach that point!

We've come to realize that kids who live on the streets are almost "worn out." They rarely eat properly and are sick most of the time. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are rampant and many kids are forced to do things that place them in the greatest danger of getting AIDS. If you talk to a street kid who has been on the streets for any period of time, they will tell you that after a while, they don't recognize who they have become, and worse yet, they don't care. For them, there is no tomorrow!

StandUp For Kids has used its network of more than 5,000 volunteers to reach out to homeless and at risk youth for twenty years. We are now conducting street outreach in more than 30 cities.

Through our persistence and dedication, we are able to reach even the hardest "old school" street kids. We're relentless in following up on all leads; we find where the kid's squat, and in some cases, visit them in their "squats" on a regular basis.

In Philadelphia, our counselors so thoroughly scoured the city that we found one "squat" that had been hidden for more than seven years. It is through this kind of persistence, dedication, and real pursuit that significant changes begin to occur for kids who really believe that we've forgotten them. They fell through the crack and that's the end!

We've been recognized by the White House on three occasion, the U.S. Justice Department, Supreme Court Justice member Ruth Bader Ginsburg, been awarded the JCPenney "Golden Rule Award, as well as many other awards and letters of proclamation and commendation.

For more information visit www.standupforkids.org

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