Open to boys from the first through fifth grades, Cub Scouts learn about our community, our nation, and our world through planned activities and adventures. A troop may learn about law enforcement by visiting a police station. A week later, the troop may discover how to prepare a meal over a campfire. Since 1910, boys have learned character building skills through Scouting. Among the twelve core values of scouting is compassion. Recently Cub Scout Leader Jeffrey Nau's Pack 930 prepared forty sack lunches that were delivered to Wayside Christian Mission. Sack lunches consisting of sandwiches, fruit, chips, and bottled water are often distributed to homeless people through Samaritan Patrol. Sack lunches are also given to our homeless clients who have daytime jobs. They can leave the mission for work and be assured of having a noonday meal. This project benefited our homeless neighbors while giving these young boys an opportunity to put one of their twelve core values into action. And judging by the photos, these guys had a lot of fun, too! Jeffrey Nau added, “I hope the lunches were able to be given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to those in need.” Many thanks to these amazing Cub Scouts! Their compassion is appreciated!
In many corrupt and impoverished nations, law enforcement officials are seen as enemies of the people. Thankfully, we live in a land where law enforcement exists to serve the people. Last year, 111 U.S. law enforcement officials died in the line of duty. From our local police to national law enforcement agencies, Americans owe a debt of gratitude to those who place their lives on the line for our safety and well-being.
Recently, Howard Marshall, Special Agent in Charge and Minerva Virola, Community Outreach and Public Affairs Specialist, both with the FBI’s Louisville office and Jim Clark, U.S. Marshal and Craig Smith, Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Western District delivered a quantity of warm winter clothing to Wayside Christian Mission. Just in time for the unseasonably cold weather, these articles of clothing will be distributed to those in need. Some of the clothing will be delivered to homeless camps and some will be given to the women, men, and children in our care.
WAVE TV was on hand as Nina Moseley received the boxes of warm winter clothing in the lobby of Hotel Louisville.
During their visit, we received another special guest—Chief Steve Conrad of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Ranked among the safest major cities in the United States, Chief Steve Conrad began his career as a patrol officer with the former Louisville Division of Police (LPD) in 1980. He worked his way through the ranks, rising to Assistant Chief in the LPD and later an Assistant Chief in the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). As a Lieutenant Colonel with the LMPD, Conrad was Commander of the Administrative Bureau. Chief Conrad left the LMPD in 2005 to become Chief of the Glendale (AZ) Police Department. Chief Conrad returned to his hometown as Chief of Police on March 19, 2012.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. Federal marshals have served the country since 1789, often in unseen but critical ways. The Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative. Presidentially appointed U.S. marshals direct the activities of 94 districts—one for each federal judicial district. Approximately 3,829 deputy U.S. marshals and criminal investigators form the backbone of the agency. The duties of the U.S. Marshals Service include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing and selling seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, housing and transporting federal prisoners and operating the Witness Security Program. The agency’s headquarters is just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
As an intelligence-driven and a threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities, the mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. The FBI works literally around the globe. Along with their Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the FBI has 56 field offices located in major cities throughout the U.S., approximately 380 smaller offices called resident agencies in cities and towns across the nation, and more than 60 international offices called “legal attachés” in U.S. embassies worldwide.
We are truly grateful to the brave law enforcement officials who serve and protect.
There is scarcely anything more comforting than a steamy mug of hot tea on a cold, blustery day, but keeping warm and comfortable is a luxury that eludes many of our homeless neighbors. Thankfully, our good friends from Bigelow Tea have once again joined us in the battle against poverty by rounding up a sizable quantity of warm winter clothing and, as a special added bonus, several thousand tea bags that will soon be enjoyed by our resident clients as well as those who live in the many homeless camps scattered across the city. Bitter winter weather has arrived in Louisville far earlier than normal and the demands for our services are great. Thanks to friends like Thad Judy, Eric Jackson, Jeff Pinkerton Marvin Jones of Bigelow Tea, we are meeting to needs of Louisvillians who are afflicted by extreme poverty. We are truly grateful to Bigelow Tea for their donation of winter clothing and, of course, their delicious tea. This should go a long way in making life better for those who have so little.
With over six hundred men, women, boys, and girls in our care, we have many needs. We need food. We need winter clothing. We need personal hygiene items. But toilet paper? Yes, we need toilet paper! Statistically, the average American uses two rolls of toilet paper per month. This month, we will supply some 1200 rolls of toilet paper to clients. The demand can leave us a bit flushed, but thanks to the organizational efforts of youth minister Jenna Heery, we have been well stocked with roll upon roll of toilet paper. As it happened, Jenna and the Pewee Valley Presbyterian church youth recently held a toilet paper drive to benefit the many people in our care. The drive was successful and a real need was met! Money that we do not have to spend on toilet paper can help fund our many client services. We are indeed grateful to Jenna and her kids who proved they care about Louisville’s homeless in a rather unique but very tangible way!
“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
Alyson Goldberg, the parent sponsor for a group called the Cloudsdale Crusaders representing a small band of homeschoolers and their parents, along with other involved adults delivered a sizable quantity of warm blankets collected by their middle-school children to Wayside Christian Mission’s Hotel Louisville. This group emphasizes important life lessons including friendship, generosity, loyalty, kindness, and honesty. While visiting the hotel, the kids learned that many of their blankets will soon be distributed at homeless camps throughout the city by way of the mission’s Samaritan Patrol. These warm blankets will be given to those who need them most—and as cold weather has arrived early, their donated blankets will help save the lives of our most impoverished neighbors. The kids also made some greeting cards which will be distributed to the women in our Sober Living Program. We are grateful to these amazing kids who worked hard to collect these warm blankets. Hats off to the parents, too, who have instilled the value of charity in their children’s hearts.
As hunger never takes a holiday, our kitchen staff remains busy preparing two thousand or more meals daily. Most of the food is prepared by volunteers and the resident clients in our care, but from where does all this food come? One such source is donated food and among our food donors is Bellarmine University. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the finest regional universities, Bellarmine University attracts some of the best and brightest students from around the nation. Besides their rigorous academic standards, the school strongly encourages their students to engage in the community. Thankfully, an appreciable number of Bellarmine students have chosen Wayside Christian Mission as a site for their volunteer services. Among these is a group of students who have joined us in the fight against hunger.
One of the students, Jessica, explained the program. “A small group of students and I have put together a food recovery program. This is where we are packaging unused food from our dining hall and donating it to organizations that have a demand for food. This helps reduce food waste and it gives a helping hand to the community.” Since then, a number of students have arrived after dark bearing large trays of deliciously prepared foods. This waste not want not approach benefits the women, men, and children in our care.
We are grateful to these dedicated students who are making late night food runs to the mission. The future looks a little brighter knowing these students are our future leaders.
Hypertension, diet, skin cancer, medication, and depression are among the health-related issues of particular concern to the women in our Sober Living Program. Understandably, addiction takes a heavy toll on the health of alcoholics and drug addicts. As our resident clients work to regain their sobriety, they have a host of questions pertaining to their health and well-being. Thankfully, these pertinent topics were addressed by Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Debra James’ and a group of well-prepared nursing students during a recent health fair at Hotel Louisville.
Events as this are good for the students and good for our resident clients. The students gain real world experience while our resident clients benefit from wealth of knowledge presented by the students and their instructors. As many as four or five groups of students from as many different schools make presentations to the women and men in our recovery program in a single week.
We have a close working relationship with Jefferson Community and Technical College. Geographically, we are neighbors, but the spirit of cooperation extends well beyond physical boundaries. We offer a program allowing resident clients to attend college classes; the majority of our College and Career Program participants attend JCTC. One of the mission’s staff members sits on two of the school’s advisory committees. Additionally, JCTC students from a number of programs have led classes at the mission. JCTC and Wayside Christian Mission are community partners in making life better for Louisville’s homeless population.
We salute Debra James and her amazing nursing students for creating an inviting atmosphere of information and knowledge for the benefit of those whom we are blessed to serve.
Because of our strong working relationships with some fifteen local colleges, universities, and seminaries, many of our classes are taught by students and their instructors. Our women and men benefit from the knowledge of our volunteer student teachers while the students gain valuable, real world experience that will pay dividends long after graduation. Instructor Lindsay Eubanks of Brown Mackie College explained, “We feel so blessed to have been able to teach life skills classes at Hotel Louisville. As occupational therapy assistant students, my students were able to integrate their classroom skills to make a difference in the lives of others. Judging by the hugs and smiles I saw, I know that we were affected as much, if not more, than the women we were able to serve.”
Jacqueline, an OTA student, agreed saying, “I am thankful for the experience in this type of setting. It has given me an insight into the many different people and how they react as a group.”
Lauren said she was “so blessed to have worked with all of these lovely women. Every woman in this program put their best foot forward to progress in their recovery and it is a beautiful thing! Stay strong, ladies!”
Of the women in our Sober Living Program, Amanda said, “Thanks so much for all your sharing! We will miss you!” Jen agreed saying, “I’m grateful for this experience! Wayside offers a wonderful recovery program for these ladies.”
Julie summed up the experience by saying, “I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with the ladies in the Sober Living Program. It was very rewarding and educational.”
Our student volunteers play a vital role at Wayside Christian Mission. Besides their knowledge, they bring enthusiasm and a strong sense of caring. By working as a team, we can accomplish much.
With graduation right around the corner, Brittany, a business management student from Brown Mackie College, chose Hotel Louisville as the site for her internship. This was a good match, for Brittany’s dream career is managing a resort in some exotic location. During her internship, Brittany led the hotel’s staff in classroom training, monitored quality control in a number of departments, and met hotel and café guests to discuss their likes and suggestions. Best of all, Brittany approached her duties with creativity and enthusiasm. We think this young graduate has a bright future in the hospitality trade. By the way, she insists that our $5 weekday luncheon buffet is the best dining bargain in town and gives our legendary fried chicken two thumbs up! Thank you, Brittany, for serving with us! You are going to make a great hotel manager!
Working with our friends from Norton Healthcare, a group of University of Louisville nursing students organized a skin cancer awareness event for the benefit of the women in our Sober Living Program. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Early detection saves lives. Lindsay, a U of L nursing student scheduled to graduate in early August, explained, “Partnering with Norton Healthcare to provide education and health screenings has been an exciting and rewarding experience. These wonderful women are extremely fun to work with and take a real interest in participating in their own health.” Many thanks to all of the University of Louisville nursing students who participated in this preventative care event. Currently, Wayside Christian Mission partners with fourteen universities, colleges, and seminaries. Our work with students is making a notable impact on the lives of Louisville’s homeless population.