Here at the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH or Stone House), we just completed the annual Wilderness Heals pledge hike, and thanks to our hikers, team leaders, sponsors and volunteers, it was our best event ever. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the hikers, volunteers and sponsors who made this an incredible experience for all involved. This event does so much to provide essential services to women and children in need.
We are extremely grateful to all of those who supported the ESH by giving a pledge in honor of one of the Wilderness Heals hikers. This incredible outpouring of community support enables the EHS to continue its mission of helping women and their families rebuild their lives after experiencing the devastating effects of domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health struggles.
For the past 15 years, hundreds of women from all over New England dedicated their time, energy and resources to take part in Wilderness Heals as a way to inspire and support the women and children of the Stone House. Their determination and courage is profoundly moving. Collectively, they have helped to raise awareness that violence and abuse is not OK, and it should not be tolerated, accepted or kept silent.
Our fundraising goal this year is $125,000. This will enable us to continue to provide vital services to women and children from all over the Greater Boston area—including emergency shelter, transitional housing and other needed community services. So far, we have raised $114,000 thanks to the generosity of local companies, sponsors and individual pledges that were given to the 53 women who hiked for three days in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The event would not have been such a success without this kind of support, and we are truly overwhelmed.
A big part of the Stone House philosophy is recognizing that every step is part of a healing journey. ESH helps its residents overcome challenges, regain control over their lives and rebuild self-esteem. We understand that this happens in “baby steps” and that each new day brings progress. Our fundraising efforts mirror this philosophy as well, because every pledge, every dollar, every hiker brings us closer to our goal. Wilderness Heals is based on this collective spirit. It is a very personal commitment, with the belief that each step of the journey leads toward success.
Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to this incredible event.
Director of Development
Elizabeth Stone House
For more information about the Elizabeth Stone House see http://wildernessheals.elizabethstone.org.