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Getting a foot in the door.


Happened to be working at The Shelter Services yesterday. We were painting a room where residents can hang out and watch TV. The work has been steadily getting closer to completion. I have been impressed with the young people from our local Key Club at Mifflin County High School. They understand service and are willing to offer their ambition and work skills to help others. Awesome!!

(Picture this room now with a coat of Alabaster paint on it.)

On another note, I spent the afternoon working in this room. Occasionally, a resident would poke their head in and say hi or ask me what I was doing. It was pretty cool to be able to share life with them and learn who they are. As I painted, I heard the most excruciating scream from a little one. You know, the kind of scream that says, "I want what I want and I want it now!"

With each brush stroke, the screams became louder. Finally I heard a little boy say to his screaming little brother, "No, no, you can't go in there. You see, little Levi wanted to see what the guy in the orange shirt was doing and nobody would allow him in. As soon as I saw him, I thought, "No, you can't come in; there's wet paint in here." Instead, I walked over to the door and said hello. Talk about a little guy losing his voice. Stopped crying too!

While I talked to Levi and Angel, I overheard daddy on the phone trying to land employment. Leon, is a twenty something who needs a job and is willing to accept whatever he can get to as he put it, "get my foot in the door."

Here is the deal. Do you have your thumb on the pulse of the job market here in Mifflin county? If so, do you have influence to help Leon get a job? Little levi and Angel would appreciate it a great deal. I learned Levi is three years old but prefers to be two. Angel is five years old and both these little guys like to fish with their daddy.

Even though this family has landed in the Shelter, they are people created in the image of God and in need of help. They are there for reasons I'm not privy to and frankly it doesn't matter to me how they got there. What matters is their need. Can you help. Let me know. Call me at 717.578.3309 if you have any solid job leads. Thanks. Levi, who is three but prefers to be two would appreciate it.


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