Life keeps moving forward at a rapid pace lately. Social media is getting us information immediately whenever something newsworthy happens. It seems like every day there is a new event that overshadows the ones before it unless you have been a part of one of these events and continue to live that experience every day.
I was back in Moore and Oklahoma City Oklahoma this week – two months after the area was devastated by some of the most powerful tornadoes this country has ever seen. It was hard to believe that months had gone by – in many areas it looked like time had stood still but in other areas you could see that progress was being made. Hotels were still full of people with no home to go back to, and Walmart had lots of merchandise for OU students, but the Moore residents who had previously shopped at the store no longer had a home to store or use their purchases in. There were no lines, and very few cars in the parking lot.
As you can see though, some areas have been cleared and are ready for building to begin again -they are just waiting for the insurance claims to be settled and for a sign that someday they might be able to go back home. As a Lifestylist® I’m anxious to see what type of building materials and designs will be used when rebuilding the destroyed homes – will the homeowners want what they had, or are they ready for a new look and lifestyle? Time will tell how many people do rebuild or if they make a lifestyle change and decide to live somewhere else. What will tomorrows New American Home look like to these people who have been though so much?
Fortunately there were still lots of volunteers helping with cleanup and building storage sheds were homes had been providing those families with a new place to store their memories and to start building new ones.
Can you believe that school supplies are already showing up on the shelves at the stores? An important part of being a Lifestylist® is giving back to the community, and supporting Shared Housing and the important services they provide is something we always look forward to.
Shared Housing is a small under-funded group that helps provide housing to single parent families and and Seniors and one of the things that makes them very special is that once you are a part of the Shared Housing Family you are always invited to be a part of everything they do.
Their 2013-2014 School is Cool campaign has officially started! Our goal this year is to secure backpacks, supplies, uniforms and a pair of shoes for 300 of our current and former homeless children attending school. That means over 420 construction packages, 1000 packages of notebook paper, 1,565 folders with brads, crayons, pens, pencils and oh so much more! The Dallas Stars Hockey Team was very generous and provided the kids with these super cool backpacks last year giving our kids a fashionable start to the school year.
Would you consider becoming a friend of Shared Housing? Whether you write a check, go on-line to donate, or coordinate a supply drive at your offices, we need it all! So, please help us! You will feel great doing so and our children and their parents will be thankful for your support in getting them to school.
For a list of ways you can join the campaign and help or if you need additional information, please call them or email them at:
Shared Housing Center – 214-821-8510
Maria Machado – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Russell – email@example.com