A week at Modest Needs is like a course in momentum. Let me explain.
A great many applicants come to Modest Needs during the darkest hour of their lives, when a funded grant from you becomes an inflection point. It marks the moment when months or years of heartache and bad luck subside to make room for positive change. And the newfound hope that arises within these people as a result of your generosity has the power to redirect their life's momentum immeasurably, in ways they never thought possible. They start to catch breaks every so often. Their outlook improves, and with that improvement come the kinds of changes that only positive energy can breed.
For another group of applicants, a Modest Needs grant MAINTAINS good momentum rather than changing it. This applicant, a mother and recovering alcoholic, is a perfect example. She has made amazing strides in her personal life already -- leaving her alcoholic partner, and trying to start over for the sake of her daughter -- but needs a little boost to keep the positive momentum going. Specifically, she's asking for just enough money to cover a few weeks of daycare before her social service agency can step in to help.
Momentum is a tricky, fragile thing. And every day, you help people get it going, and keep it going in the right direction. As applicants know, turning your life around isn't easy. But it's so much less daunting when thousands of other people are pulling for you.