Letter: Celebrate Heartline and Heart House's anniversary

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

2012 is a year

of celebration

It was 30 years ago, that a distinct group of godly men and women began building the foundation for an organization that has served the on-going and ever-changing needs of countless individuals and families throughout Woodford County. 

From its inception, our organization was built on the solid foundation of God’s principles, and it has been this solid foundation that has allowed us to remain steadfast throughout the past 30 years. 

We have indeed faced everything from adverse economies to overwhelming challenges, but together, we have maintained our priority to protect and nurture the great commission God has laid before us. 

Over the past 30 years, the Heartline and Heart House staff, board of directors, volunteers and donors have remained sincere in our efforts to keep our eyes on Christ as to not miss his promptings and nudging to help us fulfill his ultimate will for our organization. His blessings have never ceased.

 Not too long ago, I read a simple quote from an unknown author that truly captures Heartline and Heart House: “Behind every bit of good we do, there is a story of what made it possible.” In the time I have had the pleasure of serving as the director of Heartline and Heart House, I could write a book on the amazing stories of how God’s ultimate hand has been actively at work in so many of our stories and testimonies. Through you, God has delivered the much needed financial support and in-kind donations that keep our shelter open, our pantries full, and our resources abundant. Through you, God has given us the hands, the feet and the voices to carry out so many aspects of our programs and ministry directives.

 I stand in complete awe of the amazing things God has done in and through Heartline and Heart House because of you, our community. It has been your time, your talents, your giving … it has been you, who has granted us the opportunity to offer hope to those who might not otherwise have hope. I wish you truly understood the impact of your support. I am most blessed because I get to see, every day, the impact of your support. I see it in the eyes of the children … I feel it in the hugs of the women … I see it in the walk of the men.

 On behalf of our staff, our board directors, our shelter residents and clients, and myself, I thank you for being a part of our story! We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for an evening of celebration at 6 p.m. April 27. A concert featuring Christian music artist, Rachel West Kramer, and the local talents of Testify Men’s Quartet will promptly start at 7 p.m. The reception and concert will be held at the Metamora High School Auditorium. 

The evening will also include the announcement of the 2012 recipient of the Marvin Cheney Achievement Award and the Heartline House Volunteer of the Year Award. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Heartline administrative office, Eureka/Roanoke/Minonk/Washburn/Spring Bay Community Banks, Metamora Commerce Bank and the El Paso Flanagan State Bank.

Trixie Jones

Executive Director

Heartline and Heart House