Hi, I’m Ronda Nelson, the Lydia House Assistant Director. I cannot believe that it is already time for school to start–summers always go so fast!
These past few weeks I have been busy working with the parents of children living at Open Door Mission’s Lydia House, helping them prepare for a return to school. My job is easier because of you and other people like you who care.
OPS’s Title One office does a great job in arranging transportation for the children to attend their own schools, and assist our new children in finding a school to attend. All we have to do is let them know who our new children are.
Volunteers and donors blessed the children with a fun outing last week–getting new hair styles and shopping at Target for back to school outfits! Yesterday each child received a brand new book back filled with new supplies. The kids were so excited that I’m not sure they slept too well!
While all the excitement surrounds the children and getting back to school, I am also providing services to our single women in the Emergeny Shelter. Today was a hard day working with these women. Sixteen live in a dorm-type setting, and from time to time they don’t get along too well. Today was one of those days. But what looked like impending disaster turned out to be a great opportunity to talk with them about Biblical principles concerning love for one another, showing kindness, being a good neighbor, etc. They are learning not to gossip, and are really trying to see each other as Jesus would. It is an amazing moment when two women come together and apologize…then later to see them laughing and hanging out. Only Jesus can bring about that kind of healing!
I am looking forward to next week. I have three volunteers scheduled to help me during the day. Jean provides office assistance on Tuesdays, Rose Marie is starting this Tuesday to assist our women and families as they receive clothing from our Timberlake Outreach Center, and Ed is coming in on Monday to inspect our areas so that he can begin providing weekly maintenance support.
I would LOVE to invite you to the Lydia House to spend a day with us. Currently there are many volunteer opportunities available, such as providing child care for pre-schoolers during the day, organizing and filling our supply closets, answering the hot-line phone, sorting donated items and supervising our Computer Lab/Learning Center.
Are you interested? Please call Cris at (402)829-1504 today and tell her you’d like to volunteer at the Lydia House. She’ll make it happen, and I’ll be even happier!
Thank you for praying for us,
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