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Thank you for a Great 2022!

2022 Year End Update

On December 17 we had our year end update virtual meeting. We shared a little bit about why we are here, why we started Three Rivers Respite. For us, we have experienced the joys and challenges of fostering children who have experienced trauma. The trauma caused behaviors can be tough and emotionally draining. We realized when we can get a break – a time of respite – we are much better parents and much more emotionally prepared to love our kids through those behaviors. We want to be able to provide consistent respite opportunities for low country foster families, so they too can get a respite. But more importantly, we want to provide the children in foster care opportunities to escape to nature with other children like them and with adults who care for them and love them, desiring to see them thrive. In 2022, we began to see our vision for creating community for kids in foster care and foster families become a reality.

2022 Highlights:

- We held 3 different camp nights this year, serving 30 children and 10 foster families each night.

o The kids all loved the TRR experience and were excited to come back. During our Christmas camp night, as we were returning from a candy cane scavenger hunt in the woods, one child asked “what if this was a family?” Well, that is the feeling we want the kids to have at TRR. We want them to feel like they are visiting their family, like a home away from home.

- We continue working through the county site plan review process, which, once complete, will allow us to build our cabins and clubhouse and move forward toward overnight camps.

o We will seek volunteers to help with the building process and will keep you all updated into 2023.

- We continued to experience tremendous generosity from the community through financial donations and volunteer requests

o We had 15 volunteers for each of our camp nights and all of our volunteers were outstanding!

o Through your generous donations, we have completed numerous projects over the past 3 years, including the bridge – completed through a facebook fundraiser 2 years ago – and we have raised enough money to complete the driveway to the back of the property once we get the county approval.

Share The Adventure update:

- This campaign captures our vision of getting children in foster care out in nature to experience the therapeutic aspects of being in the woods, away from the stress of daily life and disconnected from electronics!

- We are well on our way to meeting our goal!

o As of today (12/27), we have matched $22,561 towards our target of $27,500. We have $4,949 to go to reach our full match!

o These funds will allow us to begin construction on both of our cabins once we get the final county approval.

o Having this funding will allow us to focus on the fundraising for the clubhouse in 2023, which is estimated to be $500,000.

- Thank you to our generous and faithful donors who will match, dollar for dollar, all year end donations up to $27,500!

o Gochnauer Construction

o Compass Enterprises

o Commercial and Home Services

o Whiting Turner

o The Busby Family

o Daniel and Theresa Alt

We are so grateful for all of the support you all have provided us over the past 3 years on this journey! We are excited for 2023 and all that is in store for Three Rivers Respite. We are praying and believing that God will move in big ways for not only TRR, but also children in foster care and foster families. Please continue to pray for children in foster care, that they would find stability, love, and the support they need to thrive. Please also pray for foster families, that they would find the rest they need to provide the care these children need.

If you feel led to contribute to the Share the Adventure campaign before year end, please donate on our website (link).

We wish you all many blessings in the coming new year. We are excited for 2023!

Matt and Heather

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