Notes from the Director

April 2012

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Harold Whitman

Family Promise is alive with the sounds of children laughing and playing. Two new families entered the program today and our Tim and Mary Barnard Family Day Center is once again full of activity. You would think all of us would welcome those few, short quiet stretches with just one family – but we don’t. It’s the sounds of children that make us come alive.

This week is National Volunteer Week. Family Promise could not exist without volunteers serving meals, staying overnight in churches, reading to children and offering support to struggling parents. I am in constant awe of all the work that goes in to just one week of hosting homeless families. Everything from planning meals, unlocking doors, arranging rooms to doing the laundry at the end of the week is cheerfully done by volunteers.

Martin Luther King Jr. said that anyone can be great because anyone can serve. Where does your passion for service lie? Do you love cutting hair, taking care of pets, fixing cars, providing childcare or performing yard work? Whatever good you can imagine, we can help you put it into practice. One couple has been shopping at Costco and sharing their food with a single mom each month for many years now. A gentleman comes regularly to repair broken doors and other construction needs. We even have a volunteer that makes us curtains!

What do you love? Think about it and then give us a call. It’s spring and that means it’s time to come alive all over again. Together who knows what good we can do!

Gloria Edwards