The work of mending in this world never ends. Paradise lies scattered, this I know, it is our earthly task to recognize its flowers that are strewn in the humble grass. -Yves Bonnefoy
Our work of mending carries on, and carries us, maybe especially in the midst of struggle. We have found paradise scattered in and throughout our daily lives, in ordinary and humble moments of weaving carpets, making meals, writing “thank you’s,” updating files, tending to the house, bathing bodies, planting seeds.
We have also recognized flowers of paradise in extraordinary moments. Many of our residents graduated from a three-year university program in June. In April, a group of five travelled to Armenia to support the staff in the homecoming of Anna and Sassoon.
Our staff in Armenia guide our residents with love, and ever-deeper understanding. They also have made tremendous strides this year in garnering support from local individuals and organizations. Their reaching out on behalf of our residents is a testament of their love and commitment to our residents and home.
It has been a year of rejoicing. So much that we have long strived for has come to fruition. Our home life has a rhythm. Our residents are all all safe. Our staff are well-trained, wise and committed. And you, our supporters, are loyal, passionate and enjoy tending to this garden of a home we all share in Armenia. My heart is full. And grateful.
Sincerely Yours, Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri
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