April 26, 2015
Remember that baseball movie and the phrase from it “Build it and they will come?’ Well, what I have seen with the whole miracle around our new house of hospitality in Langley is “They will come and build it!” I have lived on South Whidbey since 1977 and spent time in various circles here from hanging out at Cozy’s to hanging out with the Commissioners, and in all these years, and all these circles, I’ve not ran into the majority of folks who have showed up to rehab, restore, and make perfectly functional and beautiful the House of Hope. I am not going to go into a litany of names and stories of all these angels, I would be here for days and miss Church and Book Club today. Besides, of one the things in common these folks possess is a humble and no fanfare personality. Our lead contractor who had retired recently let on he was ‘bored’ since retiring. One of our coalition members heard him and he is no longer bored but busy giving his time and talent to this community. Then two heroes showed up who have only been in this community a year and they have both given hundreds of hours to paint, beautify and dress up our new home. Some Good Cheer angels have given us many, many hours of time and commitment as well. Board members, friends of board members and even one guy from a Zumba class have showed up to lend a hand and work alongside us one day. This is one of the most fruitful unions of persons who have not even met before, many of us, coming together as one to create this home for our community. Part of this miracle is the friendships that are being formed here in this house even as it is being prepared to serve those in need of temporary shelter. My heart is full. this House of Hope will be a model to other communities and show how it truly takes a village. Blessed to be a part of this village.