A Wider Circle hopes to bring a smile to many families in need over the holiday season. With a slump in the economy, far more families are struggling to maintain their homes than they have in the previous years.
In fact, just this month, a woman approached the company stating that she and her daughter had been without beds for 2 years. Roaming from place to place, sleeping in a truck, on public facility floors, and occasionally in hotels, they managed to survive. After finding an affordable place to live in Washington, DC, A Wider Circle provided her with beds and mattresses that were long awaited.
Another woman with children escaped domestic violence and decided to relocate to another state. In order to get a fresh start, she needed items for her home. The team was immediately drawn to the woman and provided her with beds, chairs, tables, lamps, blankets, and food, etc.
Stories like this occur more frequently than it is realized. People are suffering from hardships all around the globe. This is one of the reasons why companies like A Wider Circle have decided to take a bigger stance on fighting poverty.
The non-profit organization was established in October 2001 by Dr. Mark Bergel. His goal was to provide assistance to families who are in need. They distribute furniture, and non-perishable food to adults and children who live within communities that are impoverished. They also visit shelters, facilitating classes to help individuals acquire the basic life skills necessary for survival such as resume writing, financial management and even maintaining a healthy self-esteem.
During the course of the years, A Wider Circle has grown tremendously from serving over 1000 people to now extending to a population of more than 105,000. Partnering with churches and community centers, the company will be distributing goods frequently to help even more adults and children in need.
This holiday season, Dr. Bergel challenges people to get involved with the community to help end poverty. You can either sponsor a family or donate items like hats, coats, blankets, beds, furniture, and non-perishable foods. Gifts and toys are also welcomed.