We are grateful. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our local community. We are grateful to have an army of supporters, funders, mentors, and other nonprofit agency partners that take pride in serving and uplifting members of our community as we do.    

The ELM Foundation has been fortunate to find individuals that live and work outside our state who are also helping and lifting those in their community. Watered Gardens of Joplin, Missouri, is an excellent example of an agency that is providing opportunities for people to escape poverty. The founders of the successful Watered Gardens, created a national faith-based model, the True Charity Initiative. This initiative stresses effort-based charity. ELM utilizes this model in our day-to-day operations.    

This past month, True Charity held their yearly Summit and several groups from North Alabama joined others from across the country to learn more about True Charity and the blessings that it is bringing to people across the nation. We are grateful to the True Charity Network and their support and trust in us. At the National Conference, The ELM Foundation received the Waypoint Award for dedication to continuous improvement. We are truly humbled and appreciative of this award. We will continue to dedicate our efforts and continually striving to improve our community.

The ELM Foundation would like to welcome the newest member of the local True Charity Network- First Stop, Inc. They join current network members, Manna House, Christian Job Corps of Madison County, First Baptist Church, Team ADTRAN, Lincoln Village Ministry, New Futures, Inc., Willowbrook Baptist Church, North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, The CornerStone Initiative, and Huntsville Utilities.  As True Charity Network members we look forward to providing relational, accurate and effective charity to the Huntsville/Madison County area.

by Missy Hanks

Executive Director

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." -Hellen Keller