Sep 17, 2009  |     |   General

In the midst of working with staff and volunteers preparing for the opening of Open Door Mission’s Permanent Supportive Housing units in October, planning for occupation of the new Lydia House, and improving our HMIS system, I am planning our next graduation.

A host of volunteers makes graduation a special day, including an uplifting ceremony, an amazing luncheon and reception. For many graduates this may be the first time they have worn a cap and gown and have received such positive praise.

The graduates–two men, three women, and three moms–have worked many hours over the last few months improving their lives through daily life skill, recovery, and Biblical classes, counseling, GED education, and career training programs. The most important change in their lives is that they have a relationship with Jesus Christ and are committed to walk and grow in the teachings of the Bible.

The weeks before graduation are often tough with the final push in classes, the attention, and the extra activities involved with preparation. Sometimes, a graduate will feel unworthy of such praise and may sabotage their progress – so I need your help to pray daily that our graduates keep working and believing.

Also, please mark your calendar to join us for the celebration on Saturday, October 10, at 11:00 a.m.

Thank you and hope to see you there,
Ronda Nelson
Lydia House Assistant Director