Impact: Accomplishing our Mission
A couple of parents from our monthly parenting seminars said:
"Listen to my child's opinions as if they were my own"
"I want to feel calm when I talk with my children instead of being overly emotional. I also want to give them confidence when they are struggling."
Since 2020, our program has been a tremendous blessing to the participating mothers and their families. One of recent therapy recipients said:
“I want to thank you and the people that help you make these programs possible. The parenting seminars, therapy sessions, and especially prayers keep people like me grateful and thankful. Thank you for helping families like mine!”
With the help of Hope for San Diego's "Day of Service" and over 20 volunteers, we blessed our community moms with delicious food and wellness activities.
I love to help Hope for San Diego’s Day of Service and work alongside others who care about people and want to help others by being the hands and feet of Jesus, especially in a community I love and where I taught. Knowing how hard it is for mothers to find time for themselves and to share how it's going on in their children's lives, I chose to work with Alma Community Care and pamper community mothers. Our team set up many fun games and projects for the children outside, and then enjoyed watching the ones that came. It’s always fun to hear the stories from other volunteers and from the people who come to participate in each activity. Each person we talk to is dear to God and to us. God was certainly present and His love was felt by all that day. He taught me that day (and continues to teach me) that no matter what bad stuff is going on in the world or in our own lives, He is still on His throne and in control, and He wants us to shine His light to others.
I had the joy of helping prepare and wait on the food tables. I loved that the team welcomed mothers and their children with huge smiles, while simultaneously recommending the delicious jam and cheese combo. Volunteering is an important facet of my life, as I remember that Jesus came not to be served - but rather, to serve. My Church community group rallied behind this volunteering event, which made signing up more meaningful. I saw God’s hand in this event in the ways we unconditionally accepted and cared for each other, despite having met each other for the first time. I had the privilege of listening to a mom’s story of obtaining her GED and later running outside with her two kids to create a flower bouquet for her. I was blessed as the moms showered me with the most beautiful smiles while allowing me to share parts of my life. When Jesus is at the center, I can see how love for one another is the inevitable result. The love of God has been poured into our hearts, and we thereby love others because He first loved us. Through this event, God taught me the importance of community. Although I met the moms and children for the first time, I quite naively found it striking that the majority of the moms attended because they were already part of the Alma Care Community. Life should be viewed as a team sport; it was designed by our Creator to be done in community. This realization humbled me and developed within me a greater appreciation towards my community group.