It was all smiles for Ashley Raney and an enthusiastic group of University of Louisville nursing students who recently hosted an oral health care event at Wayside Christian Mission’s Hotel Louisville. Nearly 75% of Americans suffer from some sort of periodontal disease of which they are unaware. In some cases, untreated oral health problems can lead to life-threatening issues such as cancer and heart disease. For that matter, over 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. The reason for all this is simple: 50% of Americans do not receive regular oral health care. Most of these woes could be eliminated by routine dental visits. Many of our resident clients have oral health issues, so the oral health care event sponsored by these University of Louisville nursing students was timely and informative. The nursing student did a great job of keeping it fun, too! Thanks, students, for giving us something to smile about!
Felicia Spence, a business student from Brown Mackie College, recently created a vocational training presentation to benefit the women and men in Wayside Christian Mission’s Work Therapy Program. In this project, she demonstrated a high degree of enthusiasm and passion—sterling qualities needed to succeed in business. “I’ve already been accepted into the Master’s program at The University of Louisville, where I’ll attend to receive my Masters of Business Administration Finance. I love school and I’ll inspire any young adult to go to school, then college, in order to become a successful career minded individual. I grew up in the Newburg area off of Indian Trail, graduated from Slaughter Elementary, Myzeek Middle, and went to high school at Pleasure Ridge Park. Throughout my childhood and teenage life, I’ve always played sports and I’m in every trophy case at every school that I ever attended, for championships, in all sports. I grew up in my childhood as an All-American athlete. With the world at my fingertips I grew up and wanted to be a Business Administrator of Finance, now that I reached part of my goal I’m ready to teach, train, and empower people as individuals how to be successful people right now today.” We are grateful to Felicia Spence, an enthusiastic, goal-orientated volunteer who believes in the mission’s work.
Meet Samantha! Samantha is a compassionate, highly motivated, energetic, self-starting, gung-ho student from Stuart Middle School. A few months ago, Samantha and her father came to volunteer orientation at Wayside Christian Mission. During orientation, she told of her interest in working with young children. Normally, college students are referred as volunteers for the Resilient Families Program led by Dr. Lora Haynes of the University of Louisville, but Samantha impressed everyone with her dedication and maturity. As such, she became the youngest volunteer to serve in this program. By the way, Dr. Haynes speaks highly of her twelve year old protégé! She’s a worker!
Samantha wanted to do more, so she had been collecting toilet paper for the mission. Toilet paper? With over six hundred women, men, and children in our care, we go through a lot of toilet paper! Samantha understands that money we do not have to spend on toilet paper can be used to fund our many educational and vocational programs! Samantha has made two drop-offs thus far with a promise that more toilet paper is on the way.
Samantha is a twelve year old middle school student. Many of us are three, four, five, or six times her age, yet we cannot seem to find time for helping the homeless. Maybe we could all learn a lot about compassion and dedication from this amazing kid. Thanks, Samantha, for caring! You’re the best!
Each Christmas season, we receive gifts of food, warm winter clothing, toys, toiletries, and money from individuals, churches, and businesses around Louisville. For all this, we are grateful, for by God’s grace and the generosity of these faithful friends, the poorest among us will have food, clothing, and gifts this Christmas!
Our new friends from StageOne Family Theatre gave our kids a special gift, too—the gift of theater! StageOne Family Theatre is one of the nation’s leading theatres for young audiences and families. Proud to be Louisville Metro’s major gateway to the Arts, they introduce children to the arts at an early age, and present top-quality, professional and educational theatrical experiences as they move through adolescence and adulthood.
Thanks to Lucas Adams and StageOne Family Theater, our kids and their moms were invited to a performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The top-notch acting and clever dialogue captures the true essence of Christmas in a delightfully funny way. Our kids loved the performance! So did the moms!
This Christmas, our kids will receive food, toys, and warm winter clothing—but they will also have the fond memories of seeing their first live stage performance! Thanks to StageOne Family Theatre, Christmas will be a bit more special this year!
Three cheers for our good friends Betty Fox and Valerie Daugherty from Dress for Success who delivered a number of parcels containing warm winter clothing articles to Wayside Christian Mission. The HUGS donation drive (HUGS being an acronym for hats, umbrellas, gloves, socks or scarves) is just one of many ways that Betty, Valerie, and our local Dress for Success branch stands with Wayside Christian Mission.
Dress for Success is a faith-based organization that provides appropriate business attire for women seeking employment as well as assistance for women who need suitable clothing after being hired. Besides clothing, Betty and Valerie teach vocational classes and provide counseling for women who need advice with resumes and assistance in finding employment. Valerie and Betty have taught a number of classes for the women in our recovery program and have made themselves readily available to our ladies as they prepare to transition back into the community.
We are truly grateful to our friends from Dress for Success. This organization helps women through all phases of employment so that they can contribute to the betterment of our community.
Re-Bath is in the business of upscale bathroom remodeling, but owner David Duke and Customer Service Advisor Katie Remines wanted to share the blessings of the Christmas season with those less fortunate. The answer, so it seemed, was a donation drive. From their showroom on Breckenridge Lane, customers were urged to drop off toys, winter clothing articles, canned goods, and toiletries for the benefit of Wayside Christian Mission. To get out the word, radio personality Jim Coyle from 970 WGTK broadcasted live from Re-Bath’s showroom. During the broadcast, listeners came by with more donations to bless the over six hundred homeless women, men, and children in Wayside Christian Mission’s care. The mission’s Chaplain Mike and even Santa Claus himself showed up for the fun. You might say Re-Bath re-minded us to re-joice knowing it is better to give than to re-ceive. Many thanks to our new friends David Duke and Katie Remines!