LET'S MAKE AN IMPACT


How we got started

As a professional baseball player, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some truly incredible people who have factored heavily in my success and helped to shape my character, both on and off the field. Chief among them, my former teammate, Adam Wainwright has had an especially significant impact on my life. Not only is Adam a great example of what it means to be a good father and husband, he also demonstrates how giving back can enrich your life every bit as much as those you serve.

It was in this spirit that my wife and I recently joined Adam and his wife on a mission trip to Haiti where the idea of Brace for Impact was born. We’re proud to be teaming with Pittsburgh Kids Foundation to raise money for some of the amazing kids we met there. Through this initiative, it’s my goal to be able to have as much of an impact on the lives of others as Adam’s had on mine.

HAITI

Making an impact outside of St. Louis

We look to improve lives in everything we do in Haiti. In 2015, we employed 55 Haitian construction workers for 12 full months with the funds we raised to build the second level of the IDADEE Children's Home. Because of the addition, we now have 32 kids that are able to stay at the home, and will get a full education through 12th grade -- but we won't stop there. Those children will receive a solid biblical foundation, while benefiting from clean water, improved medical care, and a loving home environment.

We continue to financially support these children, and provide for their daily needs. And we pray that future children looking for a safe haven to call home will be able to do so at IDADEE.

We also aim to provide jobs to local Haitians to care for, and lead, the children of IDADEE -- impacting not only the children in the home, but the surrounding community as well.

ST. LOUIS

Making an impact inside of St. Louis

Through our work in Haiti, we know the change that can come to a community when you put an emphasis on jobs, education, and family structure. This is exactly what we are focusing on in our city, within the St. Louis community.

We know that the children of this city are the future, and we are committed to empowering and equipping those children with the tools they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

IMPACT

The impact we've made together

For me, the biggest takeaway from my time spent in Haiti was that the greatest impact can be made by investing in the people on the ground that are making a difference every day. The folks behind IDADEE Children’s Home are just the kind of people I’m talking about. IDADEE is the vision of a group of people who were themselves former orphans.

Having experienced firsthand what a profound effect having a place to call home and people who care can have on the lives of children in need, they took it upon themselves to found IDADEE as a place where they’re able to do for others as was done for them. All proceeds from Brace for Impact will go directly to IDADEE to help further their mission and expand their services.

Check out some of the lives impacted!


REACH OUT

Questions?

Email us at braceforimpact46@yahoo.com.