People often say that it takes a village to raise kids into adulthood, which is why I like to think that most of us are products of villages-I know that I am. I was incredibly fortunate enough to have multiple families fill in the areas of my life that needed filling, and I can now say that I have an entire community of humans who love, support, and cherish me. Looking back, I can see how each and every individual was hand selected by God. I can see how much care He took in creating the little community that raised me, and the communities that have raised those around me.
As you undoubtedly know by now, we have a Youth House opening up, housing up to 13 girls. These girls will be walking into an Independent Living Program, and with it, an entire community of supporters. The goal is that we will come alongside them as they dream for their futures, and create a space where they can make active steps towards those futures. They will find community in a place that was designed for just that. When they walk through those doors every day, they will see the hands that went into the creation of that space, and hearts that are coming alongside them in their lives.
If the saying is true, and it really does take a village to raise kids, then it warms my heart to see the community that is already surrounding these girls-and we don’t even know who they are yet. They have people all across Lane County in many different agencies who are pulling and rooting for them. I am so incredibly astounded by the generosity that has been demonstrated simply by the creation of this home. So many hands, so many hearts, so much time, and so many resources. All so that these girls can have a home and a community that gives them the opportunity to be who they want to be.
I have no doubt that our future blog posts will revolve around the youth home and what’s going on there, so stay tuned!