On Saturday, Feb. 22, in a show of support for their adopted charity, the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club (LWRWC) hosted a table at the Solve fundraising gala. Over 500 attendees filled the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota where Solve Maternity Homes celebrated 44 years of helping pregnant women in need and their precious babies. The theme of the gala was "Stronger" because Solve builds stronger women, stronger children, stronger families and ultimately stronger communities through its investment of safe and supportive housing and wraparound services that help pregnant and parenting women overcome the barriers that keep them from productive living.


After a poignant video featuring the new mothers at Solve, keynote speaker and former model Leah Darrow shared her story about reaching a point in her life where she feared the "loss of her soul" and how her loving father drove thousands of miles to come to her rescue. Calling a parent for help is not an option for the women at Solve Maternity Homes. The women at Solve are subjected to emotional, physical and sexual abuse, sex trafficking, lack of education and poverty. Solve becomes the family that rode to their rescue.


With community support, Solve provides counseling, educational and employment opportunities and life skills training to end cycles of abuse, two lives at a time. Solve recently added the Evolve program for new mothers pursuing a higher education.


According to Solve Executive Director Peggy Kerwin, "When you provide support for a woman at Solve, it changes not only her life, but the life of her child, her family and her entire community. Investment in her creates a positive ripple effect of life improvement for generations to come."


For as little as $1 per day, a gift to Solve is a life-giving investment to bring hope and a home and a brighter future for vulnerable women. For more information visit www.solvehomes.org. For information about LWRWC visit www.lwrwc.org.


— Submitted by Monika Templeman, LWRWC Publicity Chair


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