Having proudly served the United States Navy, Jones cherished the time spent in Hawaii and Alaska in particular. Jones joined us after spending a period living downtown behind some bushes while receiving dialysis at our local Veterans Administration hospital. Every so often, after growing weary of the daily dialysis and constant hospital stays, thoughts would always circle back to wishing for the end. One day, Jones had finally had enough and was ready to quit dialysis and spend the last few days of life with us, in our home.
In August, Y.I.C. incorporated a hiking outing at the St. Louis Forest Park waterfall cascades prior to visiting the Saint Louis Science Center. The youth proved to be thrilled about the combination of water and hiking. One of our most reserved youth participants became the most exuberant at the top of the cascades that he compelled to show how he felt.
Shoshanna Drinks is a sweet, cherub-cheeked two-year-old who was born with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare genetic illness for which there is no cure. After developing normally for the first year of life, she started losing abilities such as feeding herself, sitting up and communicating. Last summer, her parents noticed Shoshanna’s symptoms growing more serious. After consulting with their pediatrician, they started care with Gilchrist Kids.
Not long ago, while I was standing outside an abortion clinic offering resources and help to the women entering and encouraging each one to give her baby life, a man pulled his car to the curb and beckoned me over. He said that he and his wife had gone to a clinic to abort their son some time before. "Praise God, there were protesters and my wife got convicted. She didn't want to do it anymore and I said, 'Let's not do it.' So we left. I never got to say thank you, so I wanted to stop today and thank you for what you're doing."
Iesha Smith had recently moved from Tennessee to Huntsville, AL where she was a co-signer on a lease with roommates. She began teleworking customer service at AT&T and decided to move into a new home by herself. She then started seeing money missing from her checks. She was completely unfamiliar with wage garnishments and had no idea where her money was going. After months of earning paychecks that only afforded her a cellphone, she had to leave her home in Huntsville. She tried to live in a motel for a period; unable to afford it, she was forced to sleep in her car.
Days after Aleen’s family moved to Colorado from Sudan four years ago, her father passed away unexpectedly.
Aleen’s mother, Maryam, had a baby at the time, spoke no English, and didn’t know who to turn to for help feeding her family. Upon enrolling her older children at a Denver Public School, which is also one of Food Bank of the Rockies’ Hunger Relief Partners, Maryam met staff who informed her about the Food Bank’s Totes of Hope™ program, which provides kids with nutritious food over the weekend.