It's one of my personal goals for 2009 to keep better tabs on applicants who've received Modest Needs grants in years past.
I can't tell you how excited I feel when a note pops up in my inbox from a formerly funded applicant. Modest Needs often becomes an integral part of applicants' lives during a particularly dark period, and it's incredibly rewarding to know that they don't forget about us months and years later, once the clouds have cleared. (On the contrary, a majority of funded applicants actually come back to donate.)
When I received an update this morning from the recipient of a Bridge Grant from a few months back, I couldn't wait to share her sentiments with you. Not only do her words underscore the long-term effects of our grants... they also show how a helping hand at the right moment is a gesture that won't soon be forgotten.
"Modest Needs provided the necessary bridge to keep me in my apartment as I was searching for work. That was crucial. I did end up getting a job on February 2nd of this year with Census 2010... But in the bigger picture, the Modest Needs loan kept me in San Francisco for the amount of time I needed to remain there, get back on my feet job-wise, and get relevant experience...We've all been challenged on many different fronts this year. I empathize that much more with others who are toughing it out. I am hoping that by the end of this year, I will be able to start paying it back."