After two weeks off, we are ready to reopen Heart to Heart next week and we are looking forward to seeing our regular volunteers again and meet some new people. A lot of changes have occurred in the past two weeks and we anticipate many more to come. We have opted to continue the drive-thru pantry model until it is no longer realistic to serve clients completely outside. There are plans to erect a sturdier tent structure to provide shelter as the weather changes. We hope to be completely moved into Lincoln Road Chapel as soon as possible. To accomplish that goal, we will have contractors, inspectors, and cleaners in and out of the building for the next several weeks to adequately prepare the space. This is a big change that will require the use of Heart to Heart funds, effort on behalf of the volunteers and staff, and most of all, patience.
Simply put, change is hard. The circumstances in the world today have us all on edge, unsure what to expect next. It is hard to feel like we are out of control of so many things in our lives. We understand that these past few weeks have been difficult for the group volunteers so dedicated to the work of Heart to Heart. It has been difficult for us as well. Our goal is and always will be to do what is best for the clients we serve at Heart to Heart. We are doing the best we can in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. While Kate and I are, of course, interested in hearing suggestions, questions, and concerns from those who make Heart to Heart run, please remember that we are human beings. Please continue to grant us grace in this transition; your patience and prayers are so appreciated.
One of our major priorities in the immediate future is to improve communication with volunteers and donors. We will contribute to this effort by providing more information, asking for more feedback, and being as transparent as possible. But we will need your help. Please keep up to date with the information available, keep in touch with us, and answer our requests for feedback. This blog will serve as our primary source of distributing information, but we will also increase the use of our social media platforms- Facebook and Instagram. Please read the Contact Information portion of the blog below and participate as soon as possible.
We have included a lot of information to read in this blog post, but also know that photos speak volumes. With that in mind, we have included a few photos of progress made in the past couple of days. Many thanks to Steve Shaner for our new indoor ramp. We encourage you to come to see it for yourselves by signing up to volunteer next week.
We look forward to seeing you,
And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ
Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God
In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.