• thesunrisefund

Updated: Jul 20

A little update on what has been going on this Spring and Summer with the sunrise fund!

The sunrise fund was lucky enough to receive TWO grants in the last few months.

The first grant we received in May was from The Alces Foundation for $15,000! This foundation was critical in donating to our mission after a year of not being able to do in person fundraising events. It is also the second year in a row we

have received this grant from them. We are so grateful they chose the sunrise fund as one of the organizations to support and with their funding we will be able to help many more people into recovery!

The second grant we we chosen for so far this year was from the 100 Women Who Care Cape Ann. This local organization of women get together 4 times a year to choose a non- profit organization to donate $10,000. We feel very humbled and lucky that of all the votes, the sunrise fund won the majority. We are beyond thankful for everyone who voted for our mission to help end addiction and start their journey into sobriety.

We have also started raising money for our biggest fundraising event of the year, the 2nd Annual Sunrise fund Golf Tournament! We are hoping to make this year even bigger and better than 2019! All the info can be found on our events page! We are looking for sponsors, raffle items and golfers. Any questions you can contact Jackie or Christian or email us at thesunrisefund@gmail.com.

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We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are looking forward to a new year. Fortunately, 2020 is behind us and we can greet the new year with hopes of returning to normal. Although last year was difficult in many ways, with your support, the Sunrise Fund was able to continue to help individuals in our community with treatment for addiction. Let me share with you who we helped in 2020! And by we, I mean the sunrise fund and YOU ☺

In 2020, the Sunrise Fund provided funding for 12 people, which was two more than the previous year, including 5 females and 7 males from the Cape Ann area ranging in age from 20 to 55 years old. This year, we awarded just over $39,000 in recovery scholarships! How amazing! None of this would have been possible without support from our community, family and friends.

Remember the comfy sunrise fund sweatshirt you bought? That helped put one of those people in treatment.

Remember the #givingTuesday donation you made through Facebook or Paypal? That helped cover a day of someone’s recovery.

Remember the PayPal donation you generously sent in memory of a family member or friend you lost to substance abuse? That money helped treat another person’s addiction and hopefully end another family’s pain.

We cannot thank our supporters and our Cape Ann community enough for accepting our mission with open arms and helping people struggling with addiction issues. Together we have learned that talking about addiction openly and without bias, creates a community of understanding, support and healing.

As for 2021, our goal is to be able to put on another successful golf tournament (date TBA) and a few other fundraising events. We hope to continue to help even more people this year, and each year going forward.

If you are looking for help or resources regarding addiction, please email us! We can also offer some additional resources/direction if you have lost a loved one and would like grief support.

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Today is Jill’s birthday. Today she would have been turning 38 years old. It’s still so crazy to even say the words out loud, because it will never seem real. I miss her so much. If there is one thing I am sure about, it is that she is looking down and proud of what we started in her memory. Jill would help out anyone in need, especially if they were struggling.

Seems ironic that this blog is written on her birthday, to acknowledge one of our female scholarship recipients, Kristina, celebrating a year in sobriety. The moment I spoke with Kristina on the phone for the first time, before she headed to detox and onto the Plymouth house, she reminded me of my sister. Her shaky unsure voice telling me “I know. I know I need to do this”. Almost in tears. It was the voice I had heard so many times before... but somehow could never actually help.

I knew we needed to help Kristina.

A year later, Kristina is sponsoring other women, driving them to detox, and not taking a day of her life for granted. Here is Kristinas letter to the sunrise fund.

I’m standing here on a Saturday morning, just put some laundry in, cleaning up the dishes from breakfast. I keep glancing over at my 4 year old daughter, McKenna, working on a puzzle. My eyes fill with tears...it’s been so long. So long since I could do something as simple and “normal” as laundry and feed my daughter without being tortured by my addiction. My years with her and the ten years prior had been consumed with drugs and alcohol and everything that comes with it: my family terrified and broken, lost jobs, overdoses, arrests, treatment facilities, loss of self respect. I was a bystander in my own life, unable to stop the horror show it had become. My sweet McKenna couldn’t save me.

But The Sunrise Fund did. I know that’s a heavy statement…may sound cliché and trite. But had I not been given the opportunity to put the necessary work in this past year, I honestly don’t think my daughter would have a mother anymore. My Mom and Dad wouldn’t have a daughter. My brother wouldn’t have a sister. The Sunrise Fund enabled me to heal and above all, work as hard as I possibly could on my recovery. I was in treatment for almost a year, separated from McKenna. Jackie and Christian had my back and I didn’t understand why…why me? I still ask myself this. But thank you God.

So today…I live in a safe stable apartment, reunited with my daughter. I show up everyday at a job I’ve been employed at for a year. I see my family all the time. They can sleep at night. And best of all, I pay it forward. I help other women find what I’ve found. I lead by example and show them there is a way out of the despair and darkness. We alcoholics and addicts are not doomed, no matter how low we get. I never thought I’d find freedom and I humbly remember each day where I came from.

So Jackie, Christian, the whole Sunrise team…you not only saved my life and gave my daughter her mother, but you are helping many others as I pass along the message of hope. I believe in these women when they don’t believe in themselves because that’s what you taught me.

Forever Grateful. ❤️

Happy Birthday Jill

Love, Jackie

(pictured: Kristina with daughter and close friends new baby.)

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