By Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri | Founder & Executive Director
Poster from neighborhood children
So many of you offer support to our residents and our home over the long haul. And slowly but surely we make a difference in our residents' lives and days. It is a joy to do this work together. And we do not take your presence and generosity for granted.
As you will recall, a couple of months ago I wrote about the struggles with the neighbors accepting our home. Many of you reached out to us to impart courage and strength. Our staff members have been leading the residents in making efforts to reach out to the neighbors as well. And some of them have responded positively.
Children seem to be the easiest to reach, across the board, and this has proven true in our case as well. When we have shown kindness to the children of the neighborhood, they have responded in turn. One day they even brought over a huge poster with notes of love and affection on it (see attached photo). Our residents were overjoyed at this gesture of acceptance and kindness.
A few of the adults have responded as well. And we are grateful for these signs of hope on our street. Slowly but surely we are already seeing change. And as you know, change can be hard to come by, so we are grateful for it when it is before our eyes.
Thank you for believing in our work, for welcoming our residents into your hearts. I have taken solace (and I believe that they have to) that even while there is hostility closeby, there has been commitment and acceptance from afar. That is no small thing.
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