…a message from Executive Director Marsha Eichelberger
Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and joined us for the Hope Forest ribbon cutting! It was a festive and joyous occasion brimming over with gratitude and goodwill, where we thanked many of you for all your hard work and donations. One person couldn’t make the ceremony: Hope Forest’s newest resident, Erica. This single mom was determined to express her gratitude and wrote a letter for me to read at the ribbon cutting. I’m sure by now you have all seen the pictures of this project and have heard us extol the many virtues of the many people who made it possible, but her words below better convey our sentiments than mine ever could. YOU made a profound difference in her family’s life. For this, we all thank you.
Executive Director Marsha Eichelberger
To whom it may Concern:
Hello, I hope all of you are doing well and in good spirits. My name is Erica and I call (Hope Forest) home because of you. I cannot find the right words to explain how grateful and thankful I am to you for all of your acts of kindness. I know many of you volunteered your precious time to make sure Hope Forest was a beautiful home to live in. From the appliances, to the freshly painted walls, to the beautifully decorated and stocked interior—I am very grateful and give thanks. I met so many pleasant volunteers who came by the apartment since I have moved in. Mr. Bob Topper was one of the many volunteers who came to work on the apartment in the rain and snow several times! He always had a smile on his face and was so nice to my daughter and I! I cried at the finished product of Hope Forest. It was so beautiful and a dream come true. Please understand that I am extremely appreciative of all of your hard work and dedication. From volunteers, to church members, to interfaith staff—you all have been a blessing to my family. To see a network/community of people come together for a positive cause warms my heart. To witness people who don’t even know me care enough to help provide my family with a home shows humanity in its purest form. I am blessed indeed. I cannot attend the open house due to a mandatory nursing “clinical” that requires me to be there. It breaks my heart to not be present—however I send all of my love and thankfulness to you in spirit. To everyone who has shown up and showed out to help make Hope Forest a happy home-I sincerely thank you. You gave me hope and light. I can continue on my path to success! Hope Forest provides a stable and safe environment for my family and that is something that I do not take for granted. Interfaith has always supported me in a positive way. They have been a support system for me and I am forever in debt to them. I cannot thank Mrs. Marsha and Interfaith enough for choosing me to live here. The countless hours that interfaith and all of the people responsible for Hope Forest has put in to help me and others is mind blowing. Thank you so much again for EVERYTHING! May God bless your beautiful hearts.
Erica and Family