Quick takes from the last month —
Thanks to all for a successful Empty Bowls event. Over 300 people attended and enjoyed soup from over 25 restaurants. There were 3 auction pieces, music, glass blowing and fun had by all. A highlight of the event was former participant Jewelz, sharing her story with the crowd. Jewelz, clean now for upwards of 3 years, has made a dramatic change in her plans for the future. We are so taken by that change we hired her full time as our midnight to 8 AM Program Reporting Assistant. See more of Jewelz in her own words here.
We have had a tough time at TLC with some personal tragedies. We lost 3 former participants in the last 3 weeks—2 to overdoses and one to old age and medical issues. These folks mean a lot to the staff, and it has been a hard go of it dealing with these losses; please share your prayers and thoughts to their family and friends. One parent wrote the following:
All of you have been so kind and asking us what you could do. As you know, we are going to do a private memorial for her.
We will be making a contribution to the TLC center in Lancaster. We have worked with them over the years as they have tried to help Amy.
They are wonderful people who do an impossible mission and work very hard. They have a program to help people after they leave rehab and before they are able to move into housing on their own. They have many success stories. And they have many painful setbacks, but they keep on working on their mission.
If anyone is interested, their address is:
105 E. King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
There are so many rehab centers, charities and organizations that we have worked with over the years. But we have found these people to be particularly caring and supportive of Amy.
We know from the police and the coroner that Amy passed away very peacefully. And we are thankful that, despite her tragic life, she had a peaceful death. But it is still very sad, even though we know that she is at peace now for good.
Thank you for all of your calls and concerns and prayers.
Also, one of our very own staff members, PRA, Tjwana Reed, was devastated as her duplex caught fire from the attached duplex and her family lost everything. To learn more or to help, please go to their GoFundMe page.
And last, thanks to all for inquiring about my hip replacement surgery on April 12th. Your thoughts and well wishes are very much appreciated. All is going well. Big shout out to Dr. Zartman of the Lancaster Orthopedic Group; he is the man when it comes to replacements.