Ashley Moorefield, Serenity Living Transitional Home

Postindustrial Audio, Empower by Example, Ashley Moorefield, Serenity Living Transitional Home

Ashley Moorefield & Laura Rock

In today’s episode:

Ashley and Shawn Moorefield started a mentorship program in 2007 that intentionally brought youth from their community together to work on homework and talk about difficulties these young people were facing in school and throughout their community.  Over time the Moorefields discovered that some of the young people they served were at risk for homelessness.  Through a CRAZY (Ashley’s words, not mine) time of moving out of their own house and relocating her own family with young children in order to house these young people into their family’s home, their official non profit was born.  
SLTH is a transitional home was founded in 2017 for homeless girls and young women who are transitioning out of foster care located in East Liberty, Pittsburgh.  They serve ages 18-23 because Ashley found that most programs serve youth under the age of 18, or adults who have a legal situation where they have been mandated to a program through the courts.  The young women can stay at SLTH for up to a year and their plans for achieving sustainable, well rounded lives.
Ashley and Shawn have integrated service into their family’s every day reality.  Her son creates care packages for the homeless, and he reaches out to the community for donations for SJ Cares.  His little sister includes hand drawn pictures in the care packages.  We have a frank conversation about the difficulty explaining topics like homelessness to young children and how to involve them in service projects.  
As a follow up to Serenity Living’s fundraising gala on September 14th, The Rock Family Foundation is MATCHING all donations through 2019 up to $2,000.  Donate here and make your dollar work harder!
Open call for community connections!!  Does your hobby or business promote personal growth?  Would you be interested in facilitating a session with Serenity Living?  You could teach these young people how to change the oil on a car, how to read a credit report or how to extreme coupon!  If you have a passion, please reach out to see if it is a match with this group.  

Postindustrial, Laura Rock

Laura Rock With a background in software and sales and marketing, Empower by Example host Laura Rock found that those skills did not translate easily to being a stay at home mom of two little kids. She tried network marketing, writing a blog and volunteering, but those endeavors did not fulfill her part time. In 2017 Laura founded The Rock Family Foundation to serve young women of color who are exiting foster care and other county run services. Going from for-profit sales to non-profit management was a huge switch, and Laura found ways to pull in the strategies and benchmarks from her past career into the private foundation. With an emphasis on collaboration and synergy The Rock Family Foundation attempts to build relationships between traditional funders and unconventional programming. And a central awareness campaign focusing on nonprofit leaders in urban PA became important to showcase those relationships, as did telling the stories of the young women transitioning to the next phases of their lives.

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