I’ve been at Sheltering Wings for only a few months, and I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve introduced myself at meetings, events, or just while walking through our shelter. I’ll start to feel as though I’ve settled in and then another introduction makes me remember that I’m beginning a new chapter in my life.
Beginnings are a wonderful thing and when you think about it, they are what Sheltering Wings is all about. Yes, we provide safety to women and children in dangerous situations, but what’s more important are the many beginnings associated with their stays. For the first time, they begin to feel safe. They begin to feel confident. They begin to feel that there is a purpose for their lives. And many of them begin to experience God’s love in new ways.
Before coming to Sheltering Wings, I devoted more than a decade to helping Riley Children’s Foundation grow so it could support the important and amazing work that has given Riley Hospital for Children its international reputation. I’ve also been a volunteer with the Hendricks County Community Foundation, helping that organization connect generous people with organizations that are doing great things for our community.
With so many people like you supporting the work of Sheltering Wings, I’m sure there are many more introductions ahead for me. I really don’t mind, because each one reminds me of our ultimate goal for the women, the children, and the communities we serve. Together, we’ll celebrate many joyful beginnings.