Empowering Local Leaders Amidst a Pandemic

Our Friends of Sundown location has one of the biggest food distributions across our Attack Poverty locations and it’s a smooth sailing process thanks to the help of incredible volunteers. However, what can often be missed is that each volunteer has a life and a story outside of their time volunteering. That’s where Perla’s story comes in.

When Sundown’s Director, Leslie Dedrick, heard that Perla had faced many instances of having her water shut off because she is one of the many self-employed business owners that is struggling amid the pandemic, she encouraged Perla to apply for our financial assistance program.

After receiving assistance, Perla expressed her gratitude but there was this a balance left unpaid that concerned her. Nevertheless, she moved forward knowing that God would provide. What Perla could not have known was that Leslie would not stop advocating for her until her needs had been met.

Leslie reached out to one of Sundown’s church partners, Dream Movement for guidance and they would then decide to come alongside Perla to cover the remaining balance. Jason Hall, Dream Movement Church’s lead pastor and AP’s Director of Church Engagement and Sundown’s previous Director stated,

“As Dream Movement, we want to serve and empower the Sundown community. When Leslie reached out to me about Perla, who I knew because she’s been volunteering at Friends of Sundown for at least two years. She always shows up.”

Many families like Perla’s are benefiting through the services we offer across Harris and Fort Bend County. We can’t do the work we do without incredible partners who come alongside us as volunteers and donors. Donate now to be part of breaking the generational cycle of poverty!