Tonight we saw…


Come with me to an Empower Youth picnic and see what we see… Tonight we saw new faces… they were enjoying the food, the music, and just being away from the house enjoying the neighbors.   Tonight, we saw a grandpa, giving his granddaughter some advice… we weren’t close enough to listen in but that … Continue reading Tonight we saw…

What a great first week of Summer Break!


Our first picnic was amazing. Great turnout. Awesome food cooked by the hot dog rolling team of Community Savings Bank in Bethel OH. Incredible concert by Noah Smith. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout.  In fact, it was exactly what we had hoped for in the beginning. It was a true slice … Continue reading What a great first week of Summer Break!

I’ve Been Diagnosed… finally


My own case of ADHD—Advocate for the Dreamers, Harbor for the Downcast…. For the last few months, my husband and I along with our board members and many of our volunteers have been seeing that we are outgrowing the beautiful storage and packing space that a local church (Faith Chapel in Bethel) has so willingly … Continue reading I’ve Been Diagnosed… finally

Happy Anniversary to Us!


A year ago… I just couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t watch one more child be left out. I couldn’t handle one more child being belittled for things they could not control: poverty, hygiene, neglect, overworked parents, lice, overtired, lack of opportunity, hunger…. I knew I couldn’t stop it all, but if we could just … Continue reading Happy Anniversary to Us!

Enlarging Territory: My Buddy Sal


Meet Sal. He’s ten years old and he has wiggled into my heart. When I first met Sal, his Momma introduced him to me and explained that he had some speech problems and was a bit autistic. I met him right after Halloween. I remember the first time he came to my Sunday morning class. … Continue reading Enlarging Territory: My Buddy Sal

We are birthing an elephant!


In May of 2015, I wrote an article called It’s Only Sunday and the following week I wrote about a terrible Mother’s Day for another one of our youth. I wanted to take a moment to update you on these families. From “It’s Only Sunday”, it wasn’t long until the family returned to it’s usual … Continue reading We are birthing an elephant!