Mentoring A Touch from Above (MATFA), an organization that mentors incarcerated and at-risk youth, will host a fundraising dinner with the theme “Forgiving the Unforgivable” on Monday, Oct. 11 at the Hilton Long Beach, 701 W. Ocean Blvd.
“Forgiving the Unforgivable” refers to the hope that can be found when aggressors offer, and their victims accept, forgiveness. Even in the aftermath of the murder of MATFA founder Melanie Washington’s own son, she forgave the murderer and has fostered a relationship with him. In the beginning, her son’s murderer wouldn’t even accept her forgiveness.
MATFA teaches all people how to forgive, how to restore relationships and themselves. By mentoring at-risk youth, MATFA helps them become positive, productive young adults by emphasizing responsibility for their actions so they can re-enter the community as responsible young men and women.
“The work that MATFA does is important because we reach out to the youth, male and female, that people want to forget about because of the crimes they have committed,” said Washington. “MATFA has decided to stand in the gap for these young people to give them a hope and a dream to be productive citizens in our communities.”
The event will begin with a reception at 6pm and dinner at 6:30pm. Reservations are $100, and all proceeds will support MATFA mentoring and transitional housing programs. Tickets are available at matfa.org/dinner.html.