2021 community service
In 2021 Sienna Women's League (SWL) has chosen to focus its service and support with three main non-profit organizations. These include work with Hope for Three, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Survivorship Program, and Shared Dreams, which is affiliated with Fort Bend ISD. SWL members also volunteer with Fort Bend Senior Services and Lunches of Love.
Hope for Three
Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest-growing developmental disability affecting 1 in 45 school age children and 1 in 59 children in the U.S. Over 3,000 students enrolled in the Fort Bend County public school system have autism. The lifetime cost to care for a person with autism is estimated at $2.4 million.
Hope for Three was founded in 2011 by Darla Farmer, executive director, to fill an unmet need in Fort Bend County communities.
The organization serves parents, children and siblings living with autism in Fort Bend County and surrounding areas. Hope for Three provides: financial assistance and resource recommendations; outreach programs like parent and caregiver workshops; autism awareness for students (It’s Cool to Care series), and crisis intervention training for law enforcement. Ongoing activities include Teen Huddle and parent time out programs. Throughout the year, five events promote autism awareness and raise funds to support the organization's mission.
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Survivorship Center
With the steady growth of cancer incidence in Fort Bend County residents in last 8 years, Methodist Sugar Land started offering formal cancer survivorship programs in 2017 to survivors close to home. Services are open to Fort Bend County residents regardless of where they receive medical treatment. Survivorship services provided include: financial navigation services, breast cancer support group, grief support group, skin cancer screening services and art and music therapy.
Shared Dreams was started in 1988 by caring parents who noticed that not all Fort Bend ISD students came to school with adequate clothing. The Program provides the basic necessities - clothing and toiletries - for children. Shared Dreams also provides school supplies to the 48 percent of FBISD children whose families live at or below the poverty level. A new program offered by Shared Dreams in 2021 is a Shared Pantry program at selected schools providing canned foods for school families in need.
Other organizations of SWL interest in 2021 include Lunches of Love and Fort Bend Senior Services.