Life in the Dorothy Day House is pretty much like life in your home. There are meals to cook, clothes to wash, children to soothe, and laughter on a regular basis. But I think the Dorothy Day House is special because hope lives in this house.
Yes, hope that life will soon be better...hope that the new job will work out...hope that the children will feel safe and secure...hope that tomorrow will bring good news...hope that an old debt will finally be put to rest...hope that overwhelming stress and anxiety will fade away.
And we rejoice when that hope comes to fruition. What a joy it is to see a young parent begin to feel confident about his budgeting skills. What smiles erupt when the date is set for a family to move to their own apartment. What pride there is when a driver's license is restored and when a dream of a better education comes into view.
Hope is what the Dorothy Day House is all about. We cannot make our families wealthy, we cannot make the struggles of life simple for them, we cannot make them immune to ordinary family traumas. What we can do is give them hope. Hope that gives them the courage to work for a better tomorrow. Hope that supports them when disappointment comes their way. Hope that sweeps homelessness out of their lives forever.
Thanks to all who help nourish hope in the DDH by your presence or by your donations. You are changing lives through hope!
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