I hope your summer had a better experience than my poor flowers. If they weren't getting drowned in the rains of June, they were being scorched in the heat of July and August. Three hanging baskets and three flower boxes were stolen and one of the huge pots on the sidewalk in front of the building was purposely tipped over. I can't even count the times flowers were ripped out of the pots or ground yet I persevered and kept replanting them and was rewarded with their beautiful colors and fragrance.
Another area that Gary, myself, the board of directors, and everyone involved at Harvest House persevered is with the project to expand the ministry center. Our perseverance and prayers worked and we were rewarded with three grants towards the project. 17 years ago we were given the advice to "work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends God." That wonderful piece of advice has worked throughout the years at both ministries. You will read more about the expansion later in the newsletter.
This summer Gary and I celebrated our 25th anniversary on June 15th. We started the day with Mass and breakfast with Monsignor David Lee, the priest who married us and whom we still have as our spiritual leader and priest. We realize how special it is to have the same priest for 25 years. That is not an opportunity many married couples get to have.
Harvest House had extra helping hands in the form of Brett Piatek who worked at Harvest House through the Erie County Workforce Development Summer Youth Employment Program, also on August 24th, (mine and Lupe's birthday) a Catholic Charities Service Corps Volunteer started working with Harvest House for one year. Cameron Stanton, from Garner, NC works at the ministry center, helping at both Good Neighbors and New Hope. Cameron will also work in the Baby and Children's Ministry. We will introduce you to Cameron in the next newsletter.
Sit back, relax, and read all about what's happening at Harvest House. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. Linda