“Home is the nicest word there is.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
There’s no place like home. Which is why so many of us are moved by the plight of the homeless. While on one hand it is truly saddening to see the hardships of homeless people, it’s heartwarming to see how people come forward to help them.
“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder
At Sheltering Grace, we see first-hand the amazing things mothers do for their children – right from the time of pregnancy to their early years of motherhood. While there are countless reasons why mothers are so important, we would like to highlight three of them right here.
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
Mother’s Day is such an incredible day. It celebrates the purest form of love we can receive from another person. Right from the time she carries a child in her womb to the sacrifices she makes during the child’s life, a mother gives so much. A mother never stops caring and every mother deserves to be recognized for her efforts.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela
Caring for a child really begins with caring for the mother when she’s pregnant with the child. The 9 months before birth are just as important as the years after it, if not more. So it is truly sad that not every pregnant woman is cared for the way she should be. Being homeless is bad enough for anyone. For a pregnant woman, it’s as tough as it gets. Providing a shelter for these women often means saving the unborn child.
“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” – Nelson Mandela
Children are like budding blooms – full of life and hope for the future. They need to be nourished and cherished for them to grow and realize their true potential. Most of them are lucky, as they have loving parents like you who keep them warm and safe. But unfortunately, there is still a large number of kids who are at the mercy of adults, and being abused physically, mentally and emotionally.
“Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin
We are in Lent and the Holy Week is at our doorstep. This season embrace the spirit of Resurrection, and let peace and gratitude fill our lives. It is also a time to reflect upon our life and activities to see how far we have grown mentally and spiritually. During these weeks, think about what negative influences we should give up or what positive things we should adopt.
“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”- Barbara Kingsolve
It is March again, and it is time to celebrate the amazing women around us. Our history is full of women who made change possible with just determination and vigor. This Women’s History Month, Sheltering Grace requests that you take a look at these brilliant women who despite their race, roles, or social status, came forward and transformed into empowered citizens and change agents.
New Los Angeles Parking Meters Designed to Help the Homeless
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington
Putting money in the parking meter is not one of those joyous moments of the day. But the city and county representatives of Los Angeles have found a way to make it into a moment worth recollecting through a set of new and colorful “parking meters.” So, what does these new parking meters do? Well, every time you feed one of them, you are supporting a worthy cause, i.e., housing the homeless.
Random Acts of Kindness Day Is Here Again, This Is What You Can Do
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
February is a month of many celebrations, most of it are fun days which can be enjoyed without much stress and planning. In addition to Valentine’s Day, another significant celebration during February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It is a day dedicated to understanding the value of kindness and realize the impact it makes in the lives of people. It is an opportunity to be the light in someone’s life by encouraging them, lifting them up with words and deeds.
Acts of Kindness That Made Us Melt in 2017
In many ways, 2017 was a difficult year. We often came across headlines that made us cry, worry from the bottom of our heart, and even question the very existence of humanity. While both nature and humans wreaked havoc in our neighborhoods, we stood still, confused, and found refuge in prayer and in the hands of loved ones. But as with the silver lining in every cloud, it also showed us some of the better moments of life – small yet significant acts of kindness which made the world look like a less hateful place. People, both old and young, doing good inspired by the love that fills us from Heaven. Take a look at some of these inspiring moments from 2017, and keep it in mind when we come across people who need our help – no matter how small the need.