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!
We are so grateful to our many supporters in the community who helped our families have a wonderful Christmas this year. A special thanks goes to the Redlands Church of Christ for their donations and support in making this a special holiday season. Our Women and Children's Houses were filled with smiles, laughter and love as they celebrated the day with presents and a delicious Christmas dinner.
Our supporters showed the true meaning of Christmas by helping us make this day happen for our families.
Due to the generosity of our many supporters, our children had a wonderful Christmas as they celebrated the day with their moms. A special thanks goes to the Redlands Church of Christ for their donations and support in making this a special holiday season.
We'll never forget the sight of the children opening their presents on Christmas morning. Our houses were filled with smiles and squeals of delight as they unwrapped their gifts. We were truly blessed this Christmas season.
We are grateful to all of our supporters for helping our Men's Homes have a Merry Christmas. A special thanks goes to the Redlands Church of Christ for their donations and support in making this a special holiday season.
The men made a delicious Christmas dinner and exchanged gifts. Cynthia stopped by to wish them all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2018. It was a great day for everyone.