New Year, Not New Changes

19 Feb

A new year means a new start, right? Unfortunately this cannot be said for the families that rely on the Family Promise Program. While some of them come and go, one family has been there from the start, well my start that is. I started volunteering with the Family Promise Program last September and there is one family that has been there this whole time.

For those of you who don’t know, the Family Promise Program provides a roof over the heads of families who have nowhere else to go. During the day, the families stay the “house” and then after 5 o’clock they go to one of the participating churches. They stay the night at these churches for a week and then move on to another one.

But as the months went on I became less of a volunteer and more of a friend of the family’s. The kids know my name and get excited when I come to visit with them. Their mom talks to me like an equal. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with them. Despite the smiles that are ever present, the fact that this mother and her three kids are homeless never leaves my mind, not for a second.

I have grown very attached to this family and want them best for them. That means that they move on and find themselves a better life, and I hope that this happens for them. Not only have I made an impact on their lives but they have impacted mine too. I have grown as a person and appreciate and no longer take for granted the simple things in life, because all too fast they can disappear.

~Taylor

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2 Responses to “New Year, Not New Changes”

  1. Megs February 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Taylor thank you so much for supporting this program. The families appreciate it so much and I am so glad that you find it rewarding. I really appreciate your hardwork and the time you are taking to support others!

  2. Alex March 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Taylor, you’re a rock star. You’ve been doing such amazing work with these families and you should be really proud. I loved these photos of the kids! Hopefully things turn around for these families soon. I’ll keep them in my thoughts. But until that happens they’re lucky to have someone who cares as much as you. Keep up the great work!

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