This month thoughts draw towards all things heart-shaped. However, the commercialization of Valentine’s Day should not distract us from acknowledging the greatest source of love: “For GOD so loved the world...” John 3:16. The past year has been an amazing one. With God’s love together with all those who have chosen to invest in our ministry, we were able to put smiles on the faces of over one hundred of God’s special people.
Love also changes the lives of our clients as they continue to grow in their abilities and skills. We have incredible artists among us that continue to inspire us with their creations. Others have great athletic, cooking, and musical talents that bring joy to all. Many clients have a deep spiritual life, and they are our powerful prayer warriors. The pride that shows through their smiles is infectious as it spreads throughout our community.
The Estero Church has come alongside us investing in our ministry. The church offers help in many ways; from providing volunteers, to creating arts programs and much more. Because of this, our artists were able to create and decorate trivets, picture frames, flowerpots, and stepping stones.
First Baptist Church Naples recently provided a hard-working team of volunteers who completed some much-needed outdoor projects around the homes. With their financial support, we were also able to replace some of the old unreliable appliances with new ones in one home.
Last, but not least, Covenant Church made it possible for one of our clients to receive sorely needed medical assistance. Because of their generosity, this client is now on the road to full recovery physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
In addition to all these blessings, your donations have made it possible for us to continue meeting our ambitious goals for 2022. We have hired Robin Antone as Senior Director of Community Support. She will help us transition more directly into the Supported Living model as well as into Respite Services. We have also welcomed our second full-time AmeriCorps volunteer who will be assisting in program development and communication. This team expansion will allow us to continue reaching out to many more people in both Lee and Collier counties who need our services. God is good!
The prayers, volunteers, and financial support of our mission are changing lives as we serve people for the Lord. We are so blessed to have the LOVE of all of you as God leads us forward.