Shelter From the Rain benefit show Dec. 5

Mia Mance with Shelter From the Rain Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Graham

Kick-off the holiday season and get in the spirit with Shelter From the Rain as they host their 5th annual Christmas Show at The Savannah Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 pm. 

This live holiday show benefits single mothers and their children in need in our area. 

“It is always a very fun event for our families and supporters. This year will be very special for our guests and it will be a show like no other show we have done in the past. So, our annual supporters are in for something totally new,” said Shelter From the Rain Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Graham.

This year The Savannah Theatre will include a portion of their Christmas Tradition Show in the benefit as well. The Savannah Theatre has been a source of creativity and producing shows in Savannah for over 200 years and Shelter From the Rain is honored to partner with them to help families.  

“The Savannah Theatre is such a local treasure. We welcome our single parent families, volunteers, supporters and the entire community to  kick off the holiday season with a lovely show full of cheer in the heart of the downtown historic Savannah district,” said Graham.

“This is the fifth year that they’ve had the fundraiser at the theater, but this will be the first year that the Savannah Theatre performers are going to be giving entertainment at the event, so we are excited about that,” said Mike Zaller, Savannah Theatre partner and performer.

Shelter From the Rain, Inc. (SFTR) is a non-profit that was established by Graham in 2010. Based out of Savannah, it provides assistance to low-income single mothers and children in need. They have had over 600 giveaways for single mothers in Chatham County.

“Shelter from the Rain is a really special organization for me because I started it because I am a single mom,”said Graham. “I became a single mom at the age of 16, so my passion for helping single moms is very sincere.

The proceeds from this event will go to help single mothers with supplies for intants through their diaper bank, purchase needed household items, grow mentorship, a support group, virtual tutoring services for the children of single mothers, virtual mental health counseling, and job search assistance. 

“Just within Chatham County alone, the percentage of single women is higher than the average for the state of Georgia, so events like this really help to supply the needs that they have in this area while they are going through such a difficult time,” Graham said.

Graham is thankful that the organization has been able to partner with several local organizations to ensure that single mothers have all the tools and resources that they need to be successful.

“In 2022 Shelter From the Rain is focusing on developing the economic independence of single mothers through education, mentorship, personal and professional development, homeownership, health, and wellness,” said Graham who recognized that single mothers across the country continue to face several challenges as a result of the pandemic. 

She says she wants Shelter From the Rain 2022 initiatives to help them overcome the obstacles caused by the pandemic with programs to help single mothers maintain childcare, secure employment, and obtain affordable housing solutions. 

The benefit is one way the community can help this organization while enjoying some delightful holiday entertainment. 

For ticket info, visit eventbrite or shelterfromtherain.com/christmas-tradition. Single mothers, single fathers and refugee families can attend at no cost by completing an RSVP form at shelterfromtherain.com/rsvp

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Kareem McMichael

Kareem McMichael is a filmmaker, documentarian, writer, and multimedia content creator. The Macon native enjoys entertainment, and sharing with locals and visitors’ stories about Savannah’s art and culture scene. When he is not working, he enjoys relaxing at the beach, grabbing a drink, hitting a fun art event,...
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