Blog: 'Courage' Posts
Miss Annie is beautiful and kind. She is soft spoken and generous. But one look in her eyes will tell you that she has lived…really lived. You see, Miss Annie is a teacher. And while many people are teachers, there aren’t many teachers like Miss Annie. She received her teaching degree in the 1950’s, during...
Like a lot of children who grew up during his time, Mr. Joe was raised on a farm. He was one of 14 children and without a doubt, his friendly approach, easy smile, and quick wit are a result of knowing what it’s like to work a room, even if they were his brothers and...
You look into Mr. Daoud’s eyes and you see a kind soul. But if you could just look a little deeper and see his past, you might be surprised. Mr. Daoud was a member of the Black Panthers and admittedly, had a difficult time seeing perspectives other than his own. Without going into detail, you...
To hear them tell the story of how they first met is captivating. Mr. Dick knew it was going to be a good night. It was summer. He was eighteen and driving his blue ’57 Chevy. Let’s face it. When you are eighteen years old and driving a turquoise Chevy on a warm summer’s night,...
I turned the radio off in my car and watched the students walk into the white building.   They followed the sidewalk parallel to the south wall and disappeared around the corner to enter the front door. “She looks all of 18 years old,” I thought.  Her flawless skin, her cherry red miniskirt, and her brunette...
  Meet Max Cruz. Max is 7 years old and is the son of Joy’s House supporters Charlie and Kathy Cruz. Kathy has been involved with Joy’s House in a number of ways, including as a current Board Member, and her generous spirit is now evident in her children. Here’s the thing about Max: He...
To hear Mr. Charles’ daughter, Alisha, talk about him, you can’t help but to picture him as a young adult sitting in a big chair in the corner of the room with his two younger kids in his lap, his son on one knee and Alisha on the other. In this image, Mr. Charles is...
Some people just can’t help themselves. They make friends wherever they go. This is Miss Allene and she has been like this for as long as anyone can remember. In her younger years, she was the neighborhood mom. Her front porch was the place to come and talk about life’s challenges and glories. It was...
Many of us experience family traditions without thinking about it. Maybe it’s the first day of school photos that happen every fall or the bedtime stories every night. Maybe it’s something as creative as a secret family handshake or burying jack-o’-lanterns the day after Halloween. For others, it gets more personal. Mr. Dominic and his...
February 1, 2018
  I was there when he took his last breath.  His name is Doug and at some point over the last nearly twenty years, he became family to me.  The details of those years don’t matter to you, but they included a souped-up golf cart, Joy’s House, family meals, a really cool Harley, a backhoe...