Friday, August 14, 2009

Our beauty-full children!

Our resident children amaze me! This week’s theme for our Abba’s Angels program (infant through preschool) is “Beauty”. The children had their nails painted, special dress up including fancy hats, and a real tea party complete with china cups and saucers. Even the boys loved it. When asked what “beauty” means, they replied – almost in unison – “What’s inside makes me shine!”

Last week our King’s Kids (school-agers) attended a Vacation Bible School at Harmony Lutheran Church in Myersville. One of our 5 year-olds was excited to share her favorite Bible story of the week – Jesus feeding the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves of “garlic bread”. What imaginations! They enjoyed water fun in the front yard this morning and are wrapping up their study this week of the grasslands.

We had a surprise inspection of our two licensed children's programs this morning by the Office of Child Care (MD Dept. of Education) and we passed with flying colors!

Our Children’s Ministry is all about loving, embracing, and nurturing the beauty in each child and giving them (and their families) the opportunity to grow and develop to their full God-given potential. Until next week …

Sue Oehmig
Founder and Executive Director

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This week at Hope Alive

There are so many things to report this week. One of our moms just received word this week that she was chosen to receive an Ausherman Family Foundation FCC Scholarship for full funding. Our moms are learning valuable conflict resolution skills and are initiating reconciliation on their own – something the world needs to learn!

All of our moms who are being coached by our budget buddies, Dave and Cindy Hostetter, are taking significant steps to manage their personal finances in a much more positive way. Most of them deal with bad spending habits and they are finally recognizing the difference between their needs and wants. The budget buddies are doing one-on-one curriculum (including homework) and coaching through monthly meetings with each mom.

Another mom was accepted in the “Rise Program” at the Department of Social Services – recognized for her potential for success. This provides full funding of her education and the time to devote to her studies.

Also, it’s been a joy these past couple of weeks to hear the children praying during our morning prayer time. They volunteer to be the “pray-ers”.

I experienced a heart warming moment this afternoon. I was in Jody’s office and one of the school-age boys signed through her window, “I love you!”

Abba’s Angels (infants and preschoolers) had a great field trip to Splash Park in Germantown and the King’s Kids went to Port Discovery in Baltimore last week. When I asked one school-ager what he liked most about Port Discovery, he said, “EVERYTHING”! Until next week …

Sue Oehmig
Executive Director

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Welcome to our blog

At Hope Alive we receive calls every day from homeless families who desperately need our help. Unfortunately, we can only meet a fraction of the need – but, for those who call Hope Alive “home,” their lives are changed in remarkable ways. It’s their stories of transformation that I want to share with you in this blog, giving you an up close and personal look into our ministry to homeless families and raising awareness about this critical issue right here in our own backyard.