A Legacy of Caring

Undying Support for ILYA

Recently the family of a First U member who passed away asked that donations be made to ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) in memory of their mother in lieu of flowers. The response was a testimony to how loved and respected this woman was—and continues to be. Over $2000 was given. These donations are especially timely as ILYA recently received a number of requests for supportive grants.

“Through donations like these, we’ve recently assisted three young people aging out of foster care with security deposits to obtain first apartments and to help purchase books for the last semester of college,” says Lois Morris. “Some of these young people were able to save up a portion of the required funds from jobs they hold while attending school. Others are not able to manage a full course load and a job, and thus have no savings to fall back on.

“By providing assistance, ILYA may be helping these young adults establish the first stable home of their own they’ve ever had. We’re definitely supporting their ability to build a responsible and successful future.”

Talk about a legacy that lives on! The ILYA team and all the young people it supports are very appreciative of the generosity demonstrated by this woman during her time with us, by her family and all those who donated in her memory.

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