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“I have an urgent question, please call me!”

The temperatures were just starting to cool down when I walked in the door from work, laid my phone on the counter and headed to the deck to relax and spend some time with my husban...

The voice on the phone was heavy with sadness, shame and a little fright. Jarod never thought this could happen to him. He’s a man, after all, and men aren’t victims of domestic violence. They’re just weak.

No one he works with would guess what’s happening at home. The...

I thought I was in her way.  We were in the snack isle at Kroger when I noticed her moving her basket in my direction.  I smiled, said “excuse me” and stepped back out of her way. She was about my age and still had on colorful scrubs; obviously we both came direct...

“So you’re not going to pay my electric bill?,” she asked incredulously? Her boyfriend, who had been quietly playing on his cell phone, looked up, equally shocked maybe even a little angry. “No ma’am, we’re not,” the Case Manager replied calmly. “Right now, neither one...


 

Folks usually think he’s drunk or on drugs but it’s the disease that makes his body jerk and his words spit and sputter like an old engine. He’s used to the stares, used to being treated like he’s dangerous or derelict. He’s used to it but it still hurts. He’s found...

We make a living by what we get . . . but we make a life by what we give.

His eyes were serious but kind, as he reached to firmly shake my hand.  His blue flannel shirt was half tucked in and his thick, mostly white hair was windblown and maybe a little long for a man h...

It was wonderfully awkward walking into her office to fill out the paperwork.  This beautiful, confident young lady knew I was coming so she greeted me warmly while maintaining all the professionalism we expect from someone in her position.  As she took my information,...

Last month was like a long, drawn out hurricane!  It blew through and left us dazed and amazed but still standing upright.  Summer is like that though.  There are staff vacations to cover in departments that are already stretched to the limit, back to school programs t...

My office faces the front and side of our building so I can traffic coming and going. About once a week, a pick-up (sometimes pulling a trailer), drives confidently by my window and heads toward the donation area in back. The pickup bed or trailer is loaded down with d...

July 11, 2017

The first text didn’t surprise me that much, in fact it was pretty straight forward. “One of the water heaters at the shelter just died – I mean completely died,” it read. I stared at my phone thinking, that’s not too bad, we have two big ones over there but we also ha...

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