For a moment try to imagine, if you can, what nothing looks and feels like. Nothing looks like a tattered blanket to cover up with as you lay your head on a hard floor at night. Nothing looks like an off brand dish soap on the bathroom sink and a cloth placemat draped over the bathtub to wash your body with. Nothing looks like a paper cup on the counter in an empty kitchen sitting alone because it is the only dish there is. Nothing is emptiness. Some of the residents we faithfully serve struggle with what most only consider a concept.
Ms. Wreatha was overjoyed being able to call her new apartment in a Wesley Living Community home. She had a roof over her head, the clothes on her back, her pocket book, the tattered blanket and her dish soap. Upon walking into her apartment I was faced with the reality of what nothing actually looks and feels like, the stark bareness of the space brought Ms. Wreatha’s reality to life for me.
From this visit to her home, the “Move-In Kit” was developed to assist residents who come to us in similar situations. $200.00 purchases all the things you and I use and consume daily that we take for granted. Any and all donations help to build everything needed to offer a helping hand to those residents who find themselves with nothing.
The “Move-In Kits” are used to help those residents who come to a Wesley Living Community in a dire and desperate situation, needing a helping hand in a vulnerable time in their lives. Working with Managers and Service Coordinators, we put together a list of items a resident would need to help them restart over in life.
Shower curtain and rings, bath mat, towels (bath hand, and face) and a toilet brush
Set of dishes, set of pot and pans, silverware, set of cups, dishtowels, kitchen utensils (cooking spoons, can opener, knife set) plastic containers with lids, pitcher
Pillows, Blankets, full sheet set
Small trashcan with trash bags, cleaning supplies (bleach, Clorox wipes, windex, all purpose cleaner, pledge), sponges, dishwashing liquid, Ziploc bags, laundry soap, laundry basket, hangers, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels,Kleenex
Personal Care Items:
Toothbrush and toothpaste, body soap, body soap
We had an amazing, humbling and touching day today. A presentation of all the decorated bears was made to the great folks and kids at Youth Villages. Youth Villages is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families.
The creativity of the residents of Wesley Living communities literally touched the hearts of these dear children.
As we were driving away, the kids were diving into the bags of bears claiming theirs. It sounded like Christmas!
The residents of the 29 Wesley Living communities participated in the “Bear Your Heart for Art” contest.
Each community was given a supply of blank bears and fabric markers. They residents of each community divided into teams to decorate the bears. Each community selected one bear to represent the community in the Wesley Living wide judging.
The judges were so impressed with the entries, they selected “Judges Selection” bears as an honorable mention.
Our community Wesley at Martin in Martin, TN was judged to be the Grand Prize winner. They will receive a catered awards dinner from the Foundation and an artwork trophy acknowledging their accomplishment.
Each of the “Judges Selection” communities will receive an ice cream social compliments of the Foundation.
There were a total of 140 bears in all decorated during the contest. All 140 bears are to be donated to Youth Villages children charities in Memphis completing the circle of this exciting event.
Please read the article just published on the Memphis Conference website. It tells the very compelling story of how one church rallied behind GOLDEN CROSS to enhance their sense of community and togetherness.