About two weeks ago we had a young friend, who I will call Ann, move into our haven. She is a Young Life alumni who went to camp with me a few years ago. Recently, Ann aged out of foster care and I ran into her here in the neighborhood. We got to talking and she shared that she was staying here and there, wherever she could (I’ll save the issue I have with the foster care system and a wide number of foster parents for another post!). The only food she had had was whatever they served for lunch the previous afternoon at the mission (Mission of Hope on First Ave).
Stephen and I talked it over and decided that we wanted to offer Ann a place to stay. The computer room upstairs is now also a guest room and Ann has her own dresser and bed etc. It was a daunting task, but I got the doors put back on up there so she has some privacy too.
Our hope… that through the way we live Ann might see “a different way”. We want to help her get a job, go to school, develop some self worth and esteem, and most of all we hope to share with her the Hope that was once shared with us.