“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
Stories of people helping others are always inspiring. They give hope to countless people – especially homeless women. So, when we hear the story of how a woman, once homeless and pregnant at 17, helps out other women, our hearts are filled with limitless hope.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
While places like Sheltering Grace Ministry have made it their daily business to help others, kindness is all around us. No good act is too small. From making someone smile to saving a life, random acts of kindness can mean the world.
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Kindness doesn’t just make you a better person, it makes you a better leader as well. When you are kind to someone not only does it makes that person happy, it also has a positive impact on you.
“Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our homeless shelters and crisis centers – we need our faith-based and community partners.” – Dirk Kempthorne
When we think about a homeless person, we usually imagine an elderly white man. Or perhaps a man of color. Rarely do we picture a woman. But the fact remains that as many women may experience homelessness as men – it’s just they are often invisible. They don’t strike passersby as homeless. Many also fail to be included in the annual counts of homeless people.
“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.