Notes from the Director

July 2011

“Life is not meant to be easy, my child; But take courage: it can be delightful.”

– George Bernard Shaw

July is here and the hot sun is shining. Family Promise is plenty busy, with four families including seven children ages 7 months to 14 years. Christ the King Lutheran Church is graciously hosting our families for an entire month and then Mt. Ellis Academy will host for 2 continuous weeks. It’s nice for our families to be able to stay in one place longer than the usual week.

Every day I am amazed at the courage of our families. One of our guests, Cami, a single mom of two, received a donated trailer. The trailer was filthy and in terrible shape. She goes out to the trailer every morning and scrubs cupboards, rips up flooring, hauls away trash and works endlessly to make it “home.” Her kids proudly proclaim their progress in cleaning the blackened tub or mowing the overgrown yard. Then about 2 p.m. Cami packs everyone up and heads to her FT job, getting back to the church between 10:30 and 11 p.m. The next day she starts over again. I wish everyone could see how hard our homeless families work to make a better life for their children.

Our community pitches in to help in so many ways, also. Two volunteers, Fred Cornelious and Ray Ross, hauled over 3000# of garbage from the trailer to the dump (see great article here). When no one could get the glued-on carpet off the back bedrooms, I went to Pierce Flooring, they suggested Rusty Bowers, who happily removed the carpet and gave tips to Cami on all the floors. Family Promise bought Cami a used mini-fridge to keep their lunches cold. Now we just need a regular size refrigerator for when they can move in permanently and a lawn mower to keep the outside looking nice.

Today was so hot at the Tim and Mary Barnard Family Day Center that I decided instead of complaining and wishing for air conditioning, I bought all the kids squirt guns. Now when we need to cool off, we just head outside and ask one of the kids for a little help.

Life is not easy – but with everyone’s help, it can be delightful!

Gloria Edwards

Executive Director