The reason for what we do
On Dec. 14, 2022, the entire EFF team — Tamara, April, Jaime, and Tim — traveled to Nevada, Missouri to meet a 16-year-old client, Dee, at Heartland. This became a visit that affected everyone greatly on our team immensely. After a pleasant visit with this shy, bright, and reserved young lady, a team member asked, "If you could have anything for Christmas, what would it be?" Dee did not ask about electronics, clothes, or any of the things one might expect from a teenage girl. No, without missing a beat, Dee replied, "A family." Amongst the hustle and bustle of the end-of-the-year tasks, this simple, heartfelt (and heartbreaking) statement from a lonely girl should serve to motivate us all and remind us to be ever-focused on the task at hand: a forever home for the child.