“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived, and lived well.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson may say that “the purpose of life is not to be happy,” but, I challenge him by saying the side effects of unconditional love created by honorably serving others through the compassion of volunteerism cannot help but bring happiness to both the giver and receiver of that service.
Because of the honorable dedication and compassion of volunteers like Paul Johnston, Dr. Jake Wang and Sandy Meters (not pictured) House of Refuge has an extraordinary community garden where families can grow and heal as they emerge from their nightmare of homelessness and domestic violence. It is truly magical to watch families grow their gardens, harvest their crops and find healing along the way.
So when you ask yourself, why do I support House of Refuge? The smile on this beautiful child’s face as she harvests her garden, knowing she is living in a safe, dignified home where she too can grow and blossom, says it all.
Thank you Paul, Jake, Sandy and to all those in the community that rally around our families and help them grow into a brighter future where they too can learn to “live well”.
Sincerely, Nancy Marion, Executive Director