One of our guests really taught me about the levels at which we can impact a family. One level is when families are excited about an initial change they have made. An example would be this quote, “I just wanted to call you to tell you how much I love my job. I have my own cubicle, and my name is on it!” The next level is when families start to appreciate services provided. I saw this when she said, “Krissy, I wanted to say ‘Thank you’. I never really remembered to say that, but thank you so much for this opportunity to get my life back together. I appreciate it so much.” Not everyone reaches the final level. It is when we’re able to see the impact volunteers have had on the families and children for generations to come. She said to me, “I’ve learned a lot from the program. I saw all the volunteers playing games and interacting with my kids, and I was kind of envious. Then I realized I could do that too! I didn’t know how to have fun with my kids. I don’t have any memories of my mom playing games with me. I want my kids to remember me playing with them.” The amazing thing about Family Promise is that it impacts people in a variety of ways. Some people are impacted in one way, some in many. Some families do not recognize the impact until after they leave the program – maybe years later. No matter what, I believe we make a positive impact on every person who enters our welcoming doors.
The program is just wonderful. It’s really great to be on my own now, but in some ways, I kinda miss it. They’re such great people, all the volunteers. I really miss them. It’s like they’ve become a part of my family.