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Giving Time to Beautify Our City

Question: What do used feminine hygiene products, a soiled pair of blue jeans, liquor bottles, and a cell phone have in common? Answer: All of these items were picked up on the streets of Fort Wayne during our latest volunteer activity. Yep, you read that right.  These are a just a few of the items… Continue reading Giving Time to Beautify Our City

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A Summer Pup-nic

Ahhhhh, Summer!  Great food, sunny days, ice cream, picnics with family, and playing with your dogs in the park.  We love summer and this week's volunteer activity brought everything that we enjoy together at one time in one place. That place was Shoaff Park and the event was The Summer Pup-nic and Ice Cream Social… Continue reading A Summer Pup-nic

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Everyone Has A Story, Take Time To Hear It

We sat in the car and just looked at each other.  Not a word was muttered for a minute or two.  Complete silence filled our vehicle as we prepared to leave.  We had just completed this week's volunteer activity and we sought the proper words to speak and appropriate way to react.  The experience was… Continue reading Everyone Has A Story, Take Time To Hear It

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It Is More Than Transportation

Day after day, I get in my car and drive.  I drive to work, church, the store, to visit family, to get ice cream...blah, blah, blah. You get the point.  Each day I drive to the places I need, and want, to be.  Each day I do it without thought and without appreciation.  I take… Continue reading It Is More Than Transportation

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Saying Hello Is Not Difficult

You are walking down a busy sidewalk in your city.  As you approach the complete stranger who walks towards you, eye contact is made.  What do you do?  Do you say hello and acknowledge him? Do you smile and give a head nod? Or do you keep walking and say nothing?  Truthfully, what do you… Continue reading Saying Hello Is Not Difficult

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A New Coat of Paint With Meaning

A fresh coat of paint can be symbolic.  It can represent a new beginning for a group of women on the road to living a life free of drug addiction.  It is a sign of maturation in a young girl who moves from a bright pink bedroom with butterflies to a more conservative yellow featuring… Continue reading A New Coat of Paint With Meaning

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A Stranger, Teens, and The Zoo

Our journey continues and year 3 is underway.  It started the same way that year 2 of our project began, with a volunteer experience in an animal enrichment workshop.  The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a non-profit that has the mission to connect children with animals while strengthening families and inspiring others to care.  It… Continue reading A Stranger, Teens, and The Zoo

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Painting For Children

We are not artists.  We are not painters.  We are not professionals.  We are volunteers. This week, the kind folks at Crossroad Child and Family Services learned that first hand. We arrived on the 47 acre campus of Crossroad Child and Family Services on a beautiful Saturday morning.  It was our first visit and introduction… Continue reading Painting For Children

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Lending A Hand Through A New Store

The Franciscan Center has been lending a hand to its neighbors for more than twenty years. Those in our community who are less fortunate are served through programs like food pantries, sack lunch deliveries, and a medicine cabinet.  In fact, the organization serves more than 100,000 people in our area every year.  We were first… Continue reading Lending A Hand Through A New Store

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Sometimes All You Need Is A Smile

I have two questions for you.  First, can you say "Good morning! Welcome to Focus on Health! How are you today?" Let's try it.  Say it with me, "Good morning! Welcome to Focus on Health!  How are you today?"  Awesome!  Good work.  Second, do you know how to smile?  I know you do even if… Continue reading Sometimes All You Need Is A Smile