In honor of all of our wonderful fathers this Father’s Day, Safe Crossings Foundation is hosting a Facebook event: “like” us on Facebook and post a story or testimony about why you’re celebrating your father or father figure on Father’s Day. You will then be entered to win one of 20 boxes of Fran’s Chocolate created exclusively for Safe Crossings Foundation!
Our inspiration for this event comes from our love for our fathers and father figures. Our intern Maki shares her story about one of the father figures in her life.
The death of my mother when I was six impacted my family in drastic ways. Not only did my sisters and I lose our loving, supportive mother, we also lost the structure and stability she provided. As growing children, consistency and stability were critical to our sense of security. And, as my father struggled with his personal grief, this wasn’t something he could provide.
Three years after her death my father’s brother, Matt and wife Jenny, adopted my sisters and me. It was then that we were able to find a new normal, and adjust back to just being kids again. Matt found Camp Erin the summer after I moved in with him. I remember thinking I wouldn’t fit in there as my mother had died years ago. But, he was insistent, and I am now so thankful for that. Camp Erin was one of the most impactful, safe, and supportive environments I could have asked for.
Being a father to my sisters and me meant more than supporting us alone. Matt saw the importance of a community of support for us, and connected us with those resources so we could feel secure inside and outside of our new home.
(In the photo above: Uncle Matt and Maki)