Earlier this week, we shared a desperate need for diapers on our Facebook page. Within no time, messages came flooding in, offering diapers or asking what else they could do to help. Despite our limited hours, we have had community members drop off donations, leave donations for pick up on their porch, and send in orders from Sam’s Club and Amazon. In the midst of crisis and uncertainty, our community has stepped in to take care of one another. We are so grateful.
Black History Month was originally “Negro History Week” created by historian, Carter G. Woodson in 1926. The “week” coincided with the birthdates of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Black History Month was first proposed by black educators at Kent State University in 1969. The first Black History Month was celebrated in 1970. The year I was born. However, it still took six years for it to be recognized and celebrated nationally after it was publicly recognized by President Gerald Ford.
Over the past week, we’ve played self-love bingo at cafe night every day of the week. It’s the same as regular bingo, except players had to use the phrase “I am” in front of each word after calling BINGO. Not only was it fun, but it was beautiful to hear the same people who initially were embarrassed to call a bingo, gradually become more confident in the words they were saying.
The participants and professionals gathered in our lovely art therapy room at the Riverport Scholar House. Before the moderator could even announce the first starter-question, the room was full of lively conversation. It remained loud throughout the entire hour of networking.
Beyond my desire to have a safe place to live and raise my children, Family Scholar House has given me the opportunity to go back to school to become a nurse. FSH’s support has given me confidence in my abilities as a woman, mother, and future nurse. My family continues to learn and grow together. In fact, I love spending time with my kids as we do our homework together!
The holiday season is a special time for everyone, but there are moments at Family Scholar House that are unlike anywhere else. The past month, I have been helping with our Adopt-A-Family program, assisting donors and participants. Hundreds of families are blessed with presents, but there’s one family’s pick up I will never forget.