Our children had a wonderful time trick-or-treating on Halloween. Their costumes were adorable.
We are grateful for a generous donation of Disneyland tickets that allowed our women and children families to spent a day at the Happiest Place on Earth. The day started out a with a little rain but this was a blessing because it kept the crowds down and the weather was nice and cool. It was a truly magical day.
Congratulations to many of our Steps 4 Life women clients. They successfully completed a parenting class offered by Building a Generation. Building parenting skills is important for all parents. Steps 4 Life is very proud of our moms for their hard work in this important step on the path to self-sufficiency.
The Redlands Bike Classic has been a favorite annual event for the city of Redlands and the surrounding communities since 1985. Each year, thousands of local residents come out to enjoy the festivities. The Bike Classic also hosts the "Shimano Public Races and School Duel" where more than 600 children and youth ride their bikes in a short course through downtown Redlands.
The Steps 4 Life volunteers helped out all day Saturday and Sunday at this event. They were all wearing their matching green Bike Classic t-shirts They helped cheer the bicyclists and direct them on the route. They even did some traffic control with cars at the blocked intersections. It was a great day for the Redlands community and our Steps 4 Life clients. Our clients demonstrated the true blessing of making the world a better place by giving back to your community.
Part of the Steps 4 Life philosophy is that if you are feeling down then you should go and put a smile on someone else's face. Steps 4 Life partnered with the Burrage Mansion and Rochford Foundation to host a Children's Art Project. The theme of the show was "Love through Art." The children painted cards with messages of love in the Burrage Mansion art studio. Afterwards they delivered the cards to people in the local community who are less fortunate. They handed out cards to the homeless people in a local park. They also traveled to a nearby convalescent hospital to visit with the patients and give them some cards. The families learned that it is better to give than to receive. By helping others in their community, they are actually helping themselves.
On Easter Sunday, the Steps 4 Life moms took their children to a nearby park for a picnic and Easter egg hunt. The children had a wonderful time searching for the candy Easter eggs hidden in the grass and trees. The families were also celebrating the renewal and recovery in their lives through their work in the Steps 4 Life Program.
We are so thankful to It's Time to Pray Ministry and the Ladies L.I.F.E. group for visiting our house this past Sunday. We began the visit with a bible devotion led by Gwenda Simpson. Then we broke bread and enjoyed some delicious treats while we played games and talked. We had a wonderful day because of their kindness. Here is the verse that Gwenda shared with us:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland."
Congratulations to Acacia and Taylor on their Sober Anniversaries. Sobriety is one of the cornerstones of the Steps 4 Life Program. It is the first step on the road to recovery and self-sufficiency. Acacia and Taylor have worked very hard in our Program and we were thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments.
Volunteers from Steps 4 Life, the U of R, Employment Community Options, and LDS Service Club helped Burrage grounds workers wash and sort this year's crop of super-delicious navel oranges from the Burrage Mansion groves. The oranges are harvested, washed, sorted and then given away to many Redlands children and charities, including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Micah House, Family Services, the Blessing Center, food banks and homeless centers. There's lots of work over several week's time, but it's almost completed.... until the Valentias get ripe in another month or so, when harvesting starts all over again!