Last week I received a letter from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation letting us know David’s Refuge had been awarded an $8,000 grant to help pay or offset the cost of childcare while parents get a much needed break at the Refuge. At the top of the letter is the foundation’s tag line, “Helping to Better our Community.” As I read the letter over and over again I was struck by the fact that David’s Refuge is a part of a much bigger community. There are people and agencies and foundations and churches and neighbors and politicians who want our efforts to succeed. And as these various groups gather together to work and serve side by side our community gets better! Families are lifted up and encouraged. Hope is once again infused into marriages that are frazzled by being full time caregivers. People are reminded that they are not alone, that what they do really matters, and that they are loved by God.
I hope you are a part of a larger community that is trying to help make that community just a little bit better. I have found that the more I become a part of my community the richer my life is, the less I feel alone, and the more impact my life has. To everyone who has joined our little corner of our community we just want to say thank you.
It is our prayer and hope that you believe YOU are not alone, that what YOU do really matters, and that YOU are loved by God!
PS: If you get a chance check out the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation website!