Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement January 2023


Donna Clark, Director

The holiday season is over and the H.O.P.E., Inc. office just opened Tuesday. We had received grant money to continue our Adult Dental Outreach and the reception room was full of people trying to obtain help for many different issues. It was chaotic, loud, and the room was full of a sense of anticipation. Our volunteers worked nonstop to help everyone who asked for assistance and as I was sitting beside a client discussing the dental program, I observed an elderly man sitting by himself singing. He obviously had mental health issues and he appeared frightened but, he was singing a hymn I had heard as a little child. I don’t know the name of it but it suddenly

conjured up images of my grandmother sitting in church beside me and I felt a sense of warmth and love wrap around me. The moment passed quickly and I was soon moving on to the next person requesting assistance. Once the day ended and I sat at my desk taking a deep breath, I remembered that moment and realized that God’s hand is everywhere; if we just open ourselves to His love. That client was calling for God’s help at a time when he was uncomfortable and confused. I was busy concentrating on the work in front of me but, God’s blessing showered the reception area and allowed our staff to meet the needs of all who entered the office and helped keep him calm.

Please keep us in prayer as we enter this New Year with a major increase in homeless and disadvantaged people.

Psalm: 121