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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

w How do you calculate the value of a volunteer?  According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, last year about 63 million Americans gave 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth $193 billion dollars.  That's a lot of money and time! Eight billion ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others.  They are not paid or coerced.  Their motivation is to simply share their time, talents, and treasures for the benefit of someone or something else. This past Sunday we celebrated our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation party at the beautiful ...
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Kate Houck: One Year as Executive Director

Last week I was talking on the phone with a potential board member for David's Refuge who would bring great value to our organization.  During our conversation I shared how blessed we are to have Kate Houck as our Executive Director.  Without prompting, this person said, "In all my years of working with nonprofits in the Syracuse area there have been two Executive Directors who I have greatly respected.  The first is Clarence Jordan from the Rescue Mission and the second is Kate Houck!" Once again I say, "How blessed we are ...
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Hosts: Recycling Experts!

I want to introduce to you two good friends of mine, Jeff and Bitsy Namy.  Jeff and Bitsy have been volunteering with David's Refuge for the past several years and have just joined our host team.  They are compassionate, selfless, and caring people who have been shaped and prepared to be excellent hosts by experiencing first hand the brokenness of the beautiful world we live in. In 2006 their second son, Joel got very sick with bone Cancer.  He came home from West Point for treatment and beat it.  The next year he returned ...
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Always Believing Even When It Seems Hopeless

Twenty years ago, just around this time of the year, our little boy David began to lose his vision.  Little did we know at that time both mom and dad has passed on to him a defective gene that would slowly rob him of life.  On October 22nd, 2009 David’s battle with Batten Disease came to end.  Exhausted from fighting an unbeatable foe, surrounded by his mom and dad and two brothers, David took his last breath and left this world for a better one.  No more blindness, no more ...
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Home: A Vessel That Holds Memories

Have you ever heard of the "Bonita Bay Shuffle?"  If you had to guess, what do you think it is?  If you guessed a new dance move Brenda and I are learning out on the dance floor, you would be wrong.  If you thought it was a new card game we play at the Community Center to try and win money from some of our new friends in Florida, you would be wrong.  If you guessed it was our new favorite Pandora light jazz song we listen to out on ...
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