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It's hard to believe that it has been more than a year since October 8, 2012 when our home was destroyed by a devastating fire. To me, it seems like an eternity. After the smoke cleared and the fire trucks and television news teams left on that long, dark evening, our staff and spouses, board members and young moms were standing in front of the home in pure disbelief. Not knowing what the future held, we joined hands to pray for wisdom, strength and guidance. Needless to say, we were shocked and discouraged. In each of our hearts, we knew in the next few months there would be countless obstacles and hurdles to jump through in order to keep our mission alive. At that point, it would have been easy to simply say, “Board it up and let’s quit.”
But as long as I live, I will never forget the words one young mother spoke as the van began to pull away from the curb. She softly said, ”I now have no home again.” As devastating as it was for our staff and board, each one of us were going to drive home to the security and safety of our own homes. Those six little words, ”I now have no home again,” will forever echo in my mind. It's those words that remind us that we are the safety net for those who often have nothing. To that young lady, all her worldly belongings had been reduced to a pile of rubble. Those simply stated words have kept us motivated and determined to assure that Mother's Refuge continues the vital mission of providing a safe home for young moms and babies just like her.
It’s a known fact that tragedies often bring out the best in a community. This past year, we have witnessed that first hand. Our phones began to ring immediately the very night of the fire with caring and generous people that wanted to assist.
Words cannot express the gratitude we have for our donors, churches, civic clubs, companies, foundations and friends that have come to our rescue this past year. Without your emotional and financial support, we simply could not have made it. But most important, our young moms and babies have felt your love and support and are very appreciative. You have shown them that they truly live in a caring world.The process of planning, meeting all city and state regulations and codes and insurance negotiations has taken a lot longer than we ever estimated. However, the good news is that we have the architectural plans drawn and are almost ready to start construction to rebuild. We anticipate moving back into a home that will be much more accommodating for our young moms and babies.
In spite of the fire, our home and programs have remained opened. We have continued to provide housing for young moms and babies at a local church conference center. Although it has met our immediate needs, it’s still not home.
I am once again reminded tragedies always come with a price. However, I believe that trials and tragedies only make us stronger. Today, I am confident our programs will be even stronger as a result of this fire.
Thank you for helping provide a safe haven for homeless, pregnant and parenting teenagers and their babies. Your investment will help assure that we can continue our programs for many years to come.
A fire may have destroyed our house, but it has NOT destroyed our zeal for our mission to provide a home for those less fortunate. The need is certainly just too great.
Please help provide a safe-haven for homeless, pregnant and parenting teenagers and their babies. Your investment at this urgent time will help assure us that we can continue our programs after a tragic fire.
Robert E. Zornes