Celebrating Thanksgiving with Restoration

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As we prepare to safely celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we are taking a moment to consider the spirit of this holiday at Restoration. Gratitude, yes, but also Equity and Abundance. We honor the belief that we each have value to contribute and we all become richer by ensuring the success of our neighbor.

At Restoration, we champion Equity and Abundance all year long in our relentless pursuit of closing the racial wealth gap. This year, the twin viruses of COVID-19 and systemic racism have exacerbated the underlying vulnerabilities that so many of our neighbors face: disparate health outcomes, food insecurity, unequal access to financing and loans for small businesses, and the threat of eviction or foreclosure. Restoration provides critical resources to ensure the resilience of our community and helps neighbors like Brittney and Omowale.

Brittney was able to get a job as a Pharmacy Tech earning $70,000 per year, with the help of Restoration. When COVID hit, she was laid off and ran up some debt. Restoration was there again to assist. We helped her and her fiance with an emergency cash grant of $400 and provided support for emergency food. Brittney recently started working again. She and her fiance are going to get married soon. They have one child.

In 2011, Omowale St. Juste came to Restoration's Brooklyn Business Center wanting to start a security business. The Brooklyn Business Center helped Omowale build a strategy to grow his business rapidly and enabled him to qualify for a $1 million line of credit to fund growth. With funding in place, Omowale has expanded his business to over 90 employees with an additional 50+ positions open due to recent demand.

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Thank you for being part of the Restoration community. We are grateful for your support and are looking forward to a year of greater abundance and equity in the year ahead. Make a donation of any size to support Restoration's programs.