Day to Day from our Executive Director: "Fourteen and Counting..."

Day to Day from our Executive Director: "Fourteen and Counting..."

“Fourteen and counting…”

Now that we have opened a second house at 1178 Peabody (Loretta's House), we are serving six families at a time...three in each house. The adjustment has gone very smoothly and one of the wonderful surprises is that we are now enjoying a total of fourteen children. We love seeing their excitement (and exhaustion) when they get home from daycare and summer camp each day. And watching the little ones cuddle with their moms gives us a special sense of why the Dorothy Day House exists.

The sense of "home" is important to all of us and we are happy that our children feel comfortable and loved in the DDH. In years to come we hope they remember their time of homelessness as a time of real security and joy.

Our special thanks to all the volunteers who have recently helped with childcare, transportation, special outings for the children and school supplies. You are a big part of what makes the Dorothy Day House so unique!

Read more from our July Enews here: https://conta.cc/2AyEvSi

Day by Day...From our Executive Director

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"Joy and Sadness, too."

Nothing can quite match the joy we feel when a family moves out of the Dorothy Day House and into their own home again.  After months and months of struggle, the parents and children feel like there is space in their being for new hope and new dreams.  We all rejoice!

Of course, there is always a tinge of sadness when a family moves, too. The staff and volunteers have built relationships with the children and parents. We have invested ourselves in making sure that every day is a better day for them.  And then they are gone.

Happily, most of our families choose to stay in touch with us. They text us, send pictures, stop by for visits....and we are always glad to see their continuing success. 

Read more from our June newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2KnLjTs