Volunteering at TLC is rewarding, frustrating and eye-opening. Here is how one insightful volunteer describes it:
“The residents at The Life Center need time to open up and trust someone. All they have ever known is being let down, left alone, and unloved. It is a whole new world to have people in their lives who mean what they say and say what they mean. Unfortunately, they come with lack of knowledge of basic living skills and communication. So they manipulate, seek attention, and feel the need to be defiant. Some will fight tooth and nail. Others collapse into TLC and soak everything up. TLC has made a difference in so many of these young women. No matter what, they all take away something from their TLC experience. It is their choice what they do with it.
“It is the volunteers who have made that happen. A volunteer may
witness acts of service from another volunteer with no hidden agenda or prize. Or she may feel used, hurt, unwanted, and unappreciated. Being a volunteer means giving time, sweat and, for some, their money. That is why it is so important to know where the residents come from and to understand the damage their childhoods have done so we don’t take acting out personally and so we can show them a way to overcome and not be a victim. They were the victim in the past and now they play that role into adulthood. Given love, guidance and discipline, people can be accountable. With God all things are possible. He can make the worst situations into something that glorifies Himself and helps us grow if we let him. He has done it in my life and continues to do it daily. So, volunteers, PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES!!!!”
So many have done so much, it is hard to know who to thank first.
The First United Methodist Church on Spring Hill Drive chose The Life Center of Hernando for its “Mission of the Month”. The entire month of August, they featured TLC and the work we do to bring homeless mothers and babies off the streets and into shelter where we prepare them to return back to the community as productive, independent citizens. We think FUMC would agree with these well known words, “When you did for one of the least of these, you did for Me.”
A group of volunteers from Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church came Saturday morning, Sept. 15, to tackle various projects: window film, drainage, painting the new classroom ceiling, checking electrical outlets in the kitchen, and switching the Hot and Cold faucet supply lines. Our property is looking better and better. There were over a dozen people that morning and every one was busy, busy, busy!
Several churches are involved in TLC. Would your church allow us to
share our vision with the congregation or mission group?
TLC couldn’t exist without our team of regular volunteers. One returning volunteer is Sharon L. Sometimes in the past our TLC volunteers have had to contend with poor housekeeping. Not so last week. Sharon was amazed at how the house looked at 8 a.m!
She had this to say, “The carport looks great. Someone has done a lot of work out there and it shows.”
Other new volunteers, Alicia and her daughter, took a couple of pictures in the common areas so that everyone could see the house was spotless.
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