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Thank You and Happy Holidays

  "The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life." Eleonora Duse "Christmas is, of course, the time to be home - in heart as well as body." Garry Moore The holidays are a crazy time at the shelter and this year is no different.  Thanksgiving was as wonderful as always; the Voc-Tech school cooked our donated meal, Carolyn Baker organized and procured all of the donations that were cooked, Brian Akamine came with his family and played music,  Storehouse church provided the volunteers to serve while still others came in and helped to prepare food, wait tables, clean up and pray with the residents that wanted prayer and yes, even Thomas came back to eat with us.  As we move into preparations for Christmas we are looking forward to meals and plays and celebrating Joy with Valley View Community Church once again this year.  We are also looking forward to Joy coming to us through Cornerstone Community Church, Victory Christian Fellowship, and many new groups as well. For the most part we will...

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Thank You and Happy Holidays

  "The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life." Eleonora Duse "Christmas is, of course, the time to be home - in heart as well as body." Garry Moore The holidays are a crazy time at the shelter and this year is no different.  Thanksgiving was as wonderful as always; the Voc-Tech school cooked our donated meal, Carolyn Baker organized and procured all of the donations that were cooked, Brian Akamine came with his family ...

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