Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: November 2015

By Donna Clark RN, Director

It’s been an interesting week at H.O.P.E., Inc. When you serve those in need, you encounter many different personalities. Each personality brings their own challenges and sometimes conflicts can occur. When groups of clients come in that are aggressive, things get a little crazy and can carry over to all of the clients in the office. We see victims of abuse who are traveling with their abusers. We see people who have been a part of the welfare system for so many generations that they truly believe they are entitled to everything they want. If you place boundaries on them; asking for them to put some of their “skin” into what is requested they can rebel and become angry.

It’s been one of those weeks and we have been praying for God for help and guidance. We have been needing someone to remain in the front room/reception area for a while now and this weekend God gave me the answer. Of course it took time for my thick skull to get it but, I finally heard what we were supposed to do. One of the problem children came to the office on last Friday and offered to clean the restroom, probably to make amends for his behavior last week.

Monday we asked him if he would like to help maintain the front room; keeping order and helping with the food we serve. I watched his shoulders straighten up and a timid smile appear on his face. We now have the room manager we have been needing and in the process doing God’s work.

It shouldn’t amaze me when He works in our lives but it always does.

2 Timothy 1:12 tells us of the confidence Paul had in God and it holds true today.