The Power of Experience

Did you see it? A few days ago we posted one of our most watched videos on social media. Women from our program in Ephrata had participated in an exercise where they examined the negative ideas that sometimes seem to define them. But then, looking at the reality of their lives, they were able to remember the truth of who they were and how they were formed as children of our loving God. What a comfort this lesson was for each of them, and for all who watched it!

women holding signsIn a similar way, you know, there are lies we hear all the time and which too often we tell ourselves about ourselves. The lie says “Our society doesn’t care about those who are homeless.” “People in need are just pushed through the system.” “I can’t make a difference in the lives of a person who is in crisis or about to be evicted.”

But the truth of our experience shows us that we live in a caring community. That there are people who care deeply about the lives of the most vulnerable among us. That we can offer meaningful care to people who are experiencing homelessness. That every one of us can make a difference in the life of a person who is in crisis!

The power of experience tells us for certain that in our community, there are hundreds of people who care about those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and these people care enough to offer their time, their prayers, their wisdom and their financial support to keep this work strong.

People say “I am with you.” “I am rooting for you!” “Let me know if you need my help.” How grateful we all are for such support! Knowing that you are there for us, and there for the people we serve has given us the courage to keep going, down the path of uncertainty.

And friends, now is the moment that we truly need your help.

As we come to the end of our first year as Good Samaritan Services, we are facing a deficit, and we need your help to make it through, so we can stand up and be of service, with a secure foothold as we face the year ahead. I don’t ask this lightly, but I do ask with hope because in so many ways you have let me know that you were with us, and that you cared to know if we were struggling to find a way.

We need your help! Please give what you can, so that together we can affirm the truth that ours is a caring community, a place where those in the greatest need can find a welcome and a home.

On behalf of the children, their mothers and all of the individual men and women to whom we offer shelter and support, I thank you for your support!

With a grateful heart,
Nate Hoffer