How Do You Create Hope?

We all agree that hope is one of the essential things we bring our clients, and that we create with them. How do we actually create or enhance hope? Many of our clients have good reason to feel hopeless. We serve children who have no adult connections, children who...

Why Don’t You Do What You are Told?!?

I am re-reading the Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. If you haven’t read it, do so immediately! It is a wonderful story and conveys the inside experience of the children we work with. This time I was struck by a simple sentence “Doing what I was told had...

Who Are These Big People? And Who Am I?

When a baby is very small, before she has language, she is already investigating the world in which she lives and coming to conclusions about what kind of place it is. Most importantly, she is learning about the people around her. Who are these big people? How do they...

Gratitude

The Staff are Talking Sonia and Ralph were talking on their break. “These kids.” Sonya says. “They are just not grateful. Here we have done all these extra things for them this summer. And they do not seem to appreciate it at all!” “I know,” replies Ralph. “Very few...