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When you look into the eyes of a troubled child, what do you see? How do you feel? What do you want them to know? At Northern Rivers Family of Services, we see and hear these children every day. They say that they do not want you to pity them, or fear them, or judge them before you hear their stories. They want what any child—any person—would want, and that is a chance to earn your respect, trust, and faith.

Yes, our clients have faced abuse, neglect, poverty, mental illness, and a host of other challenges. But these challenges do not define them. They aren’t stereotypes—they’re individual human beings, and we believe in our hearts that they deserve our support, care, and love. They don’t want pity—they just want a chance. And that’s where you come in.

Each year our 1,400 employees serve more than 16,000 children, adults, and family members. Community support is what makes that possible. By supporting our annual appeal, you’re giving life to more than 60 programs and services that give our clients that chance to heal, learn, and grow. One hundred percent of the funds raised will support the behavioral health, educational, residential, foster care, and community-based programs that make it all possible.

On their first days in care, our children may not have the strength or confidence to meet your gaze. But with your support, they’ll start taking steps toward a bright future—before your very eyes.