You need to know that you matter.
He is a teenager who captured the hearts of our staff. He had no place to go; he believed he had no one who cared. We showed him otherwise.
- He is 17 years old.
- His mother left him when he was 1.
- Sometimes he lived with an aunt, but he spent most of his childhood with a guardian – the ex-husband of his mother’s sister (a different aunt) – whom he called “uncle.”
- He came to our multipurpose home at age 16 for stealing his uncle’s truck.
- His uncle is remarried, and Owen is no longer welcome in his home.
- He gave our staff teacher a coffee mug and candy for Mother’s Day.
- He discovered his own mother lived 15 miles away as he worked on a family tree project.
- He wants to build a relationship with her.
- He moved into our transitional living home last May to learn how to be independent.
- For his birthday, we gave him a BMX bike.
- He loves to read and keeps at least four books by his bed.
- He earned his GED and forklift certification while he lived with us.
- He worked hard in his first job at a fast-food restaurant.
- He left us this spring and lives now with his 24-year-old cousin.
- He doesn’t think his life is harder than that of other kids he knows.
- He’s working at a bike shop, and he just got a promotion.
- One day, he wants to go to college.
We will be here for him.
By Bruce Stanley, President / CEO
I just finished Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci, and found it interesting that Leonardo thought of himself primarily as engineer and designer and not painter.
Isaacson makes clear that while Da Vinci’s staggering abilities to paint, sculpt, design, and engineer are easy to envy, these gifts came with a great cost. One cost was da Vinci’s deliberate pace. Da Vinci painted so slowly and meticulously he was unable to paint frescoes; the plaster would dry before he could finish even a small section. Another personal cost was an inability to consider any work “done.” For instance, the “Mona Lisa” was a work in progress for 17 years. He was convinced that everything could be improved and that no work of art – fortress, machine, drawing, or painting – was ever fully formed. He left behind far more unfinished works than completed ones.
As I consider this, I am convinced of two great truths. One is, from time to time, he must have been worn out with this passionate drive toward perfection. Two is that deep within himself, da Vinci, the most creative of us, knew intimately the intent of God our supreme creator.
We are all works of God’s hand, individual pieces of art created “in the image of God.” God’s creation does not stop at birth; we are shaped throughout life – God works on us, knowing full well that none of us on this side of the River Jordan will ever be fully formed in our faith or in our service. Yet continue to work God does! I thank our staff for their willingness to do likewise. We commit every day to perfecting the lives of the children and families entrusted to our care. We work as da Vinci did his creations, doing and redoing, looking from a distance and examining up close. We trust that, as we work to create healthy and happy lives, God as creator, redeemer, and sustainer guides our brush and lights our work.
Thank God for this work that is never perfected!
The assignment: Create a self-portrait and tell us about yourself. Click below to see what our kids shared.
Hertford home I’m proud I’ve been here because I feel that if I was still at home, I would be in more trouble. … I’m scared of the future when I get out on my own.
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Specialized services My dream is to be a professional football player. I also want to be a quarterback. People just laugh. They think I can’t do it, but I think I can do it. I want to make my family proud of me.
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Macon home I am A.
I understand why I’m here.
I say I’m awesome.
I dream about being a veterinarian.
I try to lose weight.
I hope to become a veterinarian.
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• What it means to be a foster parent.
• What the training & licensing process is all about.
• What types of children are referred to our foster care / adoption program.
• Dates for our next MAPP training class.
• MHC Administrative Headquarters, 1041 Washington Street, Raleigh 27605
• St. James UMC, 2000 E. 6th Street, Library (in building behind playground), Greenville 27858
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This article by Kim Grizzard appeared in the June 17, 2018 issue of The Daily Reflector
Steve and Amber Dunn did not have a chance to hear their daughter’s first words. They never got to sit next to her crib at night and watch her sleep.
Mae was practically a teenager before they ever even heard her voice, a middle-schooler before she spent a single night under their roof.
But as the days and weeks passed, a bond began to form between the three of them. And over the years, the relationship that they fostered forged them into the family they had always wanted.