One of the reasons we wanted to partner with To Write Love on Her Arms, is their mission of Hope, Healing, and Community. Looking back on my past and my family’s past I can attest to how important those three words are. It is important to recognize when you’re broken, when someone else is broken, but also just as important to recognize there is always opportunity for Hope, Healing, and Community. I am so thankful for the family and community I grew up with and continue to foster. I can only hope and work hard for Redeemed Coffee to do the same. Below is more about TWLOHA and how they started. It shows what their vision is, and what they are doing to bring that vision to life. It has inspired me and I hope it will do the same for you.
How it Started: Founder, Jamie Tworkowski, didn’t set out to start a nonprofit organization. All he wanted to do was help a friend and tell her story. When Jamie met Renee Yohe, she was struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts. He wrote about the five days he spent with her before she entered a treatment center, and he sold T-shirts to help cover the cost. When she entered treatment, he posted the story on MySpace to give it a home. The name of the story was “To Write Love on Her Arms.” Link to original story here: To Write Love on Her Arms. – TWLOHA.
This is how they are sharing the message of Hope and help:
-WE’VE RESPONDED TO 210,000 MESSAGES FROM PEOPLE IN OVER 100 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD
-WE’VE TRAVELED MORE THAN 3.8 MILLION MILES TO MEET PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
-WE’VE SHARED 1,100+ BLOG POSTS AND LAUNCHED A PODCAST TO LET OTHERS KNOW THAT THEY AREN’T ALONE
- SINCE 2018, TWLOHA’S FIND HELP TOOL HAS SEEN 56,000 PROGRAM SEARCHES. FOR EVERY 4 SEARCHES, SOMEONE WILL TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO SIT WITH A COUNSELOR OR CALL A CRISIS HOTLINE.
- SINCE 2006, WE’VE SHIPPED MERCH TO 98 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING 24,630 WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY PACKS TO 35 COUNTRIES
- WE’VE DONATED MORE THAN $2.4 MILLION TO TREATMENT AND RECOVERY AND GRANTED FUNDING TO 105 UNIQUE ORGANIZATIONS AND COUNSELING PRACTICES
YOU WERE CREATED TO LOVE AND BE LOVED
The vision is that we actually believe these things:
You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know your story is important, and you're part of a bigger story. You need to know your life matters.
We live in a difficult world, a broken world. We believe everyone can relate to pain, all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments. You need to know you're not alone in the places you feel stuck.
We all wake to the human condition. We wake to mystery and beauty, but also to tragedy and loss. Millions of people live with problems of pain. Millions of homes are filled with questions—moments, and seasons, and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay. We know pain is very real. It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real and help is real.
You need to know rescue is possible, freedom is possible, God is still in the business of redemption. We're seeing it happen. People sitting across from a counselor for the first time. People stepping into treatment. In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline. We know the first step toward recovery is the hardest to take. We want to say here that it's worth it, your life is worth fighting for, it's possible to change.
Beyond treatment, we believe community is essential. People need other people. We were never meant to do life alone.
The vision is that community, hope, and help would replace secrets and silence.
The vision is people putting down guns, and blades, and bottles.
The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.
The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.
The vision is better endings. The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships. The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love. The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise. The vision is people becoming incredible parents, breaking cycles, making changes.
The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.
The vision is the possibility that we're more loved than we'll ever know.
WE'RE SEEING LIVES CHANGE AS PEOPLE GET THE HELP THEY NEED.
The vision is hope, and hope is real.
You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.
I hope their mission inspired you like it did me! I am honored to have them as our second non profit partner and I hope with your help we can give back towards their mission!
All the best,