HSLDA Compassion

HSLDA Compassion Our vision: To see every homeschooling family have the resources they need to provide the best education they can for their children.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) founded the HSLDA Compassion in 1994 as a non-profit 501(c)(3), and the 2 organizations are closely tied in their mission to help and support the homeschool community. Compassion is located at the HSLDA offices in Purcellville, Virginia. Compassion originally focused on supporting homeschool groups. God has since expanded our vision, however, to include needy families within the homeschool community. EXPANDED VISION: HELPING HURTING FAMILIES We help individual homeschooling families through several funds, beginning with the Widows Fund in 2001. Since then, we have added the Special Needs Children’s Fund, Kids Curriculum Fund, Children of Single Parents Fund, Military Fund, and several others, while still providing grants to homeschool groups within the United States and internationally.
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05/28/2020

Would you help us lift this grant-recipient family in prayer this week?

“Pray that we will soon have answers and resources to better help our son navigate his crippling anxiety that comes with his dyslexia/dysgraphia/dyscalcula. Also, we need prayers for us to get out of debt.”—Family in IL

An HSLDA Ambassadors story:Each winter, HSLDA Ambassador Volunteers find families struggling financially who need a spec...
05/27/2020

An HSLDA Ambassadors story:

Each winter, HSLDA Ambassador Volunteers find families struggling financially who need a special touch at Xmas time to put presents under the tree, buy food for a holiday meal, or purchase other essential home items. Three families received such a Christmas blessing in 2019.

Ambassador Volunteer [on one of the Christmas Blessing recipient families]:

"When I arrived to deliver the gift card, I was received by the 7, and 2 year old boys. I got a big hug! It was priceless! Both, Aaron* and Kim*, were overjoyed with my short visit, with their hearts full of gratitude! The two older boys were telling me all about their fish, crabs, and cars! They are going to be using this gift card to buy groceries and some gifts for their kids for Christmas. Their youngest boy will have his tracheotomy removed next month and see if he can eat and regain his vocal cords. Two weeks ago, I consulted Kim about the tracheotomy and still hasn't been removed. But what impacted me the must was that even though they have gone through a lot lately, I perceived peace and harmony in their home, that peace that only comes from the Lord."

*Name and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

"Knowing that someone cares enough about helping our family continue to homeschool that they would donate to the grant f...
05/26/2020

"Knowing that someone cares enough about helping our family continue to homeschool that they would donate to the grant fund means more to me than I can ever describe. Perhaps even more powerful is the messages that donors send in along with their donations - I keep those messages on my desk and read them again and again. They encourage me on the toughest of days and remind me that what I am doing for my children is so very important."—Kirsten B., grant- recipient

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05/25/2020

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05/22/2020
05/21/2020

Would you help us lift this grant-recipient family in prayer this week?

“Please pray for my daughter and her struggles with Math as well as her personal struggles. I'm concerned about her growing up without a father and for her future. Pray for her last year of high school and plans after that, to be strong in the Lord and grow in her faith in this crazy, secular world.”—Family in IL

05/20/2020

An HSLDA Ambassadors story:

Each winter, HSLDA Ambassador Volunteers find families struggling financially who need a special touch at Xmas time to put presents under the tree, buy food for a holiday meal, or purchase other essential home items. Three families received such a Christmas blessing in 2019.

Ambassador Volunteer [on one of the Christmas Blessing recipient families]:

"Lisa* is a single mom who fled an abusive situation. She is has no family or close friends who can help her. She works two small jobs to keep her and her middle school age child in public housing complex and other necessities. They attend a small church weekly where they are as active as possible. She never complains and is committed to homeschooling her child. The gift card at Christmas meant she could buy some clothes for her child and a few craft supplies for her homeschooling. It was a special boost for her Christmas!"

*Name and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

"When my work hours were reduced, with another baby on the way, things just got tighter. As a planner, I knew we would b...
05/19/2020

"When my work hours were reduced, with another baby on the way, things just got tighter. As a planner, I knew we would be okay, and it would all work out, but sometimes there just isn't enough money to make it all work. You make your list and you prioritize. I'm beyond thankful to Compassion that we didn't have to make difficult choices for our kids' educations. We were able to purchase our curriculum for our kids and just take a breath knowing that it was going to be okay. That their education was something we didn't have to sacrifice. They now have the resources to learn their ABC's (the younger kids), and fractions plus American History (for the older kids). Thank you!!! From one blessed Momma."—Elizabeth H., grant- recipient

05/18/2020
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Social distancing . . . it’s been rough, hasn’t it? We know many of you had plans to attend homeschool conferences and may now be disappointed to find that they have been canceled.

But there’s a silver lining—plenty of homeschool conferences are moving online!

Upcoming events that HSLDA is participating in are listed below. Some require registration, so be sure to check out their information pages as soon as possible so you can be prepared to participate from the comfort of your own home!

-Homeschoolers of Maine and Indiana Association of Home Educators (Begins March 27, 2020): https://iahe.net/keep-calm/

-The Old Schoolhouse®: Home Education: Am I Really Qualified? (April 9, 2020) http://HomeschoolShow.com

-TTD (April 8-30): https://teach-them-diligently-at-home.heysummit.com/

-OCHEC-OK (April 9 – On Going): https://www.homeschooloklahoma.org/hsok-events/convention/

-INCH-MI (May 1-16): https://michn.org/conference/

-CHEC-CO Online Summit (May 4-8): https://homeschoolsummits.com/

-ICHE-IL (May 28-30): https://iche.org/events

-HOW-WY: https://homeschoolersofwy.org/2020-convention/

If you have any questions about homeschooling, we would love to talk to you. Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or give us a call at 540-338-5600!

An HSLDA Ambassadors story: Do you recall the devastating flooding that swept through several Midwestern states along th...
05/15/2020

An HSLDA Ambassadors story:

Do you recall the devastating flooding that swept through several Midwestern states along the Missouri River last spring? In Nebraska, just five days after the March flooding started, 64 of the state’s 93 counties and four tribal areas were declared to be in a state of emergency. Gilles and Brooke Terzi of Gibbon, Nebraska, were living in one of those counties when floodwaters quickly swelled. Peaking at 17.6 feet, the flooding closed roads and bridges and necessitated car rescues and home evacuations for many of their town’s families.

In the Terzis’ basement, six feet of water destroyed all of their homeschool curriculum and supplies. Gilles, an automotive technician, and Brooke, a stay-home mom, were first-year homeschoolers. Now they had lost all the educational materials that they had carefully assembled at the beginning of the school year. They wondered how they would replace their children’s curriculum, in addition to completing the other cleanup and repairs needed after the flood.

Then, Brooke found a post on social media.

HSLDA Nebraska State Ambassador, Kathryn, had collaborated with her local homeschool group to broadcast a statewide message offering assistance to homeschool families impacted by the flooding. It was this message that Brooke Terzi and several other families saw and responded to, just when they most needed help.

The day the Terzi children received their new homeschool books and supplies thanks to a Disaster Relief Grant, their mother Brooke shared a video clip of her happy, smiling kids saying, "Thank you very much!" Mom’s attached message read, "They are so excited!! We can't thank you enough for granting this to our family."

Because of the support they received, the Terzi family was able to keep on homeschooling!

05/14/2020
05/14/2020

Would you help us lift this grant-recipient family in prayer this week?

“Covid-19 has taken away my tutoring and church jobs. Please pray for me and my daughter, for God's strength and clarity through these tough times. I know God's grace is always there, but I truly feel so scared, I don’t know what I'm going to do as a single mom.”—Family in SC

05/14/2020

"Homeschooling has been a part of my life for a long time. When i first started I had less children and we had more money and resources. As our family has grown and more expenses came up as do when children get older our income did not grow as fast as we liked. Homeschooling got harder and the needs of some of my children made expenses for homeschooling more. I was trying find programs to help provide some of those needs but they were all to much money. I came across HSLDA and the grant program has allowed to get programs and curriculum to help my some of my children learn to read !! This has been a wonderful program and blessing in our lives."—Lucinda, grant-recipient

"My husband works so hard, waking up at 3 am and leaving for work at 4. He often doesn’t get home until 5 or 6 at night....
05/08/2020

"My husband works so hard, waking up at 3 am and leaving for work at 4. He often doesn’t get home until 5 or 6 at night. We live off of one on one so I can school our children and having a big family of 8, one paycheck doesn’t stretch very far. This grant is a lifeline for us! My children are very well educated despite our low income, and it is because of homeschooling. "—Laurie M., grant- recipient

Don’t forget to nominate an exceptional teen in your community for our Student Leadership Award. There’s only a few week...
05/07/2020
The Home School Foundation: Teen Servant Leadership Award

Don’t forget to nominate an exceptional teen in your community for our Student Leadership Award. There’s only a few weeks left before the May 9th deadline. Read about the program and nominate a student who has been making a difference in the lives of others >> https://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/index.php?id=270&src=hsfslide

The Servant Leadership Award recognizes homeschooled teens for exemplary community service in their local area, halfway around the world, or both! Started in 2016, this award honors students who selflessly and steadily give of their time and talents to make a difference for those who are hurting or....

05/07/2020

Would you help us lift this grant-recipient family in prayer this week?

“Please pray for me, my daughter who has autism, and my parents who support us, to be safe and healthy during this awful pandemic. We are grateful that we have the basic necessities to get by and are together. Pray for my daughter to get the procedure she needs to get better soon.”—Family in AZ

05/05/2020
HSLDA AmbassadorsFrom a Missouri Ambassador Volunteer:"I had the privilege of interviewing a wonderful young mom, who ha...
05/01/2020

HSLDA Ambassadors

From a Missouri Ambassador Volunteer:

"I had the privilege of interviewing a wonderful young mom, who has four beautiful daughters and just recently lost her fifth daughter. The family learned that the baby would be born with health problems and would require extended hospital care. Through homeschooling, the family was able to spend as much time as possible with their precious new baby. Whether it was time spent at the hospital, or time caring for the baby at home, homeschooling allowed them the freedom to be together, making memories and lavishing love on their sweet baby. Precious memories were made as well as wonderful, teachable moments the parents and children will cherish forever. I am thankful to have the privilege to interview this wonderful, sweet mom, knowing her has made my life a little brighter and has made me want to slow down and truly enjoy each one of my precious children God has blessed me with, hug them a little tighter, and make lasting memories as we continue our homeschool journey."

If you would like to apply to become an ambassador in your state, email [email protected].

If you would like to give a donation ear-marked to help families in your state, use this link and select your state.>> https://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/index.php?id=328&a=429&p=936&fundid=260&amount=25&src=1708TXAmbemail

05/01/2020

From one of our Grant Administrators, Anne:

"Running out of fun educational ideas for your kids k-6th? Check out the free resources at Reading Eggs. Colorful, engaging activities will make learning fun! My personal favorite: Alphabet I Spy. Makes me wish I had some little ones around to play it with me!" >> https://readingeggs.com/free-resources/

05/01/2020

Would you help us lift this grant-recipient family in prayer this week?

“Please pray that our family is in constant peace, good health, and blessed and prosperous in every area of our lives. Covid-19 has impacted our home business and we are relying on help from our family and the church.”—Family in MO

"I began homeschooling when my oldest son was in Pre-K and we have been homeschooling ever since! Now we have 4 children...
04/29/2020

"I began homeschooling when my oldest son was in Pre-K and we have been homeschooling ever since! Now we have 4 children in grades Pre-K, K, 2nd and 3rd and our homeschool day is busy. My husband is in the Army and I am home with the children full time; this grant helps us breathe easy because we don’t have to worry about the money it takes to cover the cost of curriculum."—Jessica S., grant- recipient

In these days of uncertainty and sheltering in, it sure would be nice to hear some good news, so John Krasinski decided ...
04/24/2020
SomeGoodNews

In these days of uncertainty and sheltering in, it sure would be nice to hear some good news, so John Krasinski decided to bring us heartwarming, fun, inspirational pieces on his You Tube channel, SGN (Some Good News). You can watch his episodes here >>

We would love to hear Some Good News and share it with the world. Hosted by @JohnKrasinski #SomeGoodNews

04/24/2020

Would you help us lift this grant-recipient family in prayer this week?

“Pray for a blessing of financial assistance. Also, pray for healing for my husband, who used to be a 210 lbs. ball player with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the Lord, and is now 160 lbs., pale, has little energy, and uses up whatever energy he has to work.”—Family in OH

04/24/2020

An HSLDA Ambassadors story of hope:

HSLDA Compassion and an HSLDA Ambassador Volunteer saved one family’s ability to homeschool by providing support just in the nick of time. Names changed to preserve privacy, the family’s hopes and plans had changed drastically. Neil had lost three jobs in less than two years. A veteran struggling with the effects of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety, Neil was unable to provide for the family at the time. Homeschooling is challenging under perfect circumstances, and these events took a heavy toll on the family.

Debra began working from home, just as Neil left to search for employment out-of-state. During this time, he ceased to be actively involved in the family. Debra shouldered the responsibilities of taking care of the home, homeschooling the children, and working from home.

Debra’s earnings fell short of replacing Neil’s provision, and she voiced a very practical question: “Could I really keep homeschooling the children and earn enough working from home?” She was on the verge of seeking employment outside of the home and enrolling her children in the public school system, when a grant administrator of HSLDA Compassion suggested that she apply for a grant from the Illinois State Ambassador Fund. She was touched that someone would care enough to make such a suggestion. Debra was already several months behind in purchasing needed supplies and curriculum to equip her children with what they needed to continue learning for the school year. HSLDA Ambassador Volunteer Kimberly Bingham worked with HSLDA Compassion to arrange a grant for Debra.

The family gratefully received the grant, allowing Debra to buy needed homeschool items and tools. She says, “When I received the grant, I felt so bolstered, supported, and loved. I felt like, yes, I can do this, and I’m not in it alone. I nearly gave up before that. I just couldn’t see how I was going to make homeschooling work this year. The grant arranged by my HSLDA Ambassador helped bridge the gap. My children were over the moon! They were excited and less hopeless about our uncomfortable situation.”

HSLDA Ambassador Bingham says that Debra was able to purchase what she needed because the kindness of others, donating to help families just like hers in Illinois. “What an amazing organization to be a part of!”

If you would like to apply to become an ambassador in your state, email [email protected].

04/21/2020

"We have had many struggles this homeschool year, among them being financial struggles and struggles with the health of our family. This grant has helped tremendously in the continuation of our homeschooling during tumultuous times. You really are an answer to many late night prayers; homeschooling is one of the most important facets of our family and because of you—we get to keep going. All of my gratitude and many, many blessings."—Dominique L., grant- recipient

Suddenly schooling at home? Check out HSLDA's MomPossible site for encouragement.
04/17/2020
Home - MomPossible

Suddenly schooling at home? Check out HSLDA's MomPossible site for encouragement.

Whether you're seriously struggling, okay for a few more weeks, or ready to become full-time homeschoolers, you’re in the right place.

04/16/2020

Would you help us lift this grant-recipient family in prayer this week?

“Please pray for my five kids to adjust to mom (me) going back to work, for their understanding, and for staying strong in the Word of God with their dad, leaving us and deciding to be transgender.”—Family in OK

An HSLDA Ambassadors story:Hope Destroyed by Mold, Restored by Ambassador CompassionThe experts came, and according to t...
04/16/2020

An HSLDA Ambassadors story:

Hope Destroyed by Mold, Restored by Ambassador Compassion

The experts came, and according to their report, everything had to go. Furniture, linens, and clothes, along with thousands of dollars of lovingly collected and curated homeschool materials, had been infested with a dangerous health-destroying mold. Most of us are completely unaware of the danger that mold can pose to our health, but the Kubicek family has first-hand knowledge, as they have been devastated by its effects.

According to a research study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2015, health effects from mold, “or mycotoxins” can range from eye irritation, to causing complications with the kidney and liver, as well as the immune, neurological and reproductive systems.

Terah Kubicek has experienced a great number of these effects. Her husband Evan had built their home over the course of 6 years while they lived abroad, but as soon as she and her family came to live there, she began suffering serious health issues. After numerous doctor visits and seemingly endless treatment protocols, Terah was still very sick and no one could tell her why.

In the summer of 2019, things went suddenly “crazy”, as she says. “We had leak after leak show up in our roof that created mold we could see, and we were cleaning the mold and patching [the leaks] up, but my health was going down quickly. So, we all ended up leaving our house and moving into my mom's house with our few possessions.”

The Kubiceks conducted a mold test and found that their house was highly infested with mold, so they decided to hire a mold remediation company to clean. The Kubiceks found enormous amounts of mold under their laminate flooring and carpet. Terah said, “It was basically everywhere.” After a lot of research and listening to experts, they came to learn that because of the way that mold spores spread, they would not be able to keep any of their possessions that can harbor mold spores, or their next home would become infested.

The Kubiceks have learned that although most insurance companies will help replace belongings when they are lost in a fire, they will not typically cover mold infestations. But, Terah says that there have been some silver linings, the first being that they have finally been able to discover what has been affecting her health, so now she can look forward to healthier days. The second silver lining is the help they have received from generous donors and from HSLDA Compassion.

She says, “With the grant we were given we were able to replace some of our homeschool curriculum and begin again. Getting rid of the homeschool curriculum was the hardest thing for me, but getting the ambassador grant gives me hope, knowing that God will keep on providing for our needs and carry us through this crazy journey we've been in these last 4 years..."

“It feels like I can breathe again -- our being able to buy curriculum for us to continue our homeschool journey. It brings me hope knowing that the Lord will keep seeing us through this journey.”

If you would like to apply to become an ambassador in your state, email [email protected].

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Purcellville, VA
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