Eight women of the Ripples in Time mission group from the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello travelled to Waterloo, Iowa on Aug. 25.
While in Waterloo the group spent time at two shelters in the area. Cedar Valley Friend of the Family is a crisis shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. The clients can stay there for up to two months. The shelter’s priority is to get them into safe housing.
The House of Hope is a safe shelter for single mothers and their children where they can get back on their feet. The clients can stay at this shelter up to two years.
While at each shelter we brought lunch and served it to the clients. After lunch we taught them how to craft a journal for each of them to keep. Both women and children were involved in enjoying lunch and a craft with us.
The goal is to make this a relaxing time for the clients. To give them a few hours of taking their minds off of their problems, and to see that they are loved. It is very rewarding for our group to spend time with them and to give them some peace from the difficulties in their lives and to see them smile.
The Ripples in Time group returned home on Aug. 28 tired, but fulfilled.
Here is a note we received from Cedar Valley Friends of the Family:
“Thank you so much for your group visit and donation to our shelter. Both clients and staff were so very appreciative for both lunch and journal activities. We are so humbled that you chose to travel such a distance and give your time and energy to our shelter clients.”
(This article was written by Marilyn Armstrong, Julie Clodfelter and Janice Shiffer.)