Physical abuse. Life threatening medical problem. Baby with expensive medical issue. Under-employed.
These are just some of the reasons we hear when people ask to stay for free in our spare bedroom (highlighted in a Sierra Star story printed March 21).
Literally tens of thousands of people have heard about our story. For the last three years, we've been taking families into our home and giving them rest to be able to save for a security deposit for a rental apartment or home. We believe strongly in a couple things -- love our neighbor as ourselves and protect the vulnerable.
Madera County Board of Supervisor Chairman Max Rodriguez, out of his sincere love for Madera County residents, graciously asked us to make a presentation to the board of supervisors recently. Supervisor Tom Wheeler has been in our corner from years back, and his integrity and approach to helping continue to be a blessing. I was genuinely surprised with how easy it was to get both of them on the phone.
It was a top homeschool moment for our children to see the supervisors and our government in action, and a turning point in our fundraising campaign.
We were able to hit our goal of $14,000 in 30 days on Kickstarter.com, and are looking to continue this ministry, opening up our doors in the winter months to those in need. The $14,000 will help expand our ministry through tools, like a picture book, "The Best Dinner I Never Ate," with lesson plans connecting our story with Biblical references. Long term goals include developing a host program, similar to a foreign exchange program, publishing a guide book so families who want a host experience with a screened, insured homeless family can join in on this life-changing experience.
If you would like to be a part of the great joy in this ministry, a part of an effective solution, then visit Thebestdinnerineverate.com.
Lori Prentice, Oakhurst