The Journey Together

The Ball of Thankfulness

Ruth Ann North

A Friday Message from Our Executive Director To look forward with hope, we need to look around with gratitude. The pressures of life in this neighborhood, caring for families in crisis, navigating a new education system, and getting through a pandemic often add up and wear us out. In my family, we practice gratitude daily, and it restores our sense of connection, joy, and hope. Each night before the boys go to bed, we sit in a circle on the rug in their room. We pick a ball, designate it "The Ball of Thankfulness," and pass it around in a...

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Back to School

Ruth Ann North

Back to School

Transformation Through Crisis This summer we provided loving care though crisis in these ways.    90 Presencia parents received $100 grocery gift cards throughout the summer months ($9,000) 30 Presencia kids received $50 summer care packages ($1,500) 5 Presencia families received assistance with emergency expenses ($4,000)   30 Presencia kids received a personal phone call or visit to stay connected each week   Because we work together with our neighbors out of real love, every crisis has the potential to bring positive transformation. The pandemic shattered education overnight. It shut down schools, ignited fights between the federal and local governments,...

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Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Ian North

The arrival of COVID-19, and our nation’s response to it, has made our work more urgent and focused than ever.   When schools began closing and Georgia saw its first confirmed case, we put out a call to the Presencia family to provide groceries for families at risk in our neighborhood. Our community responded generously, donating over $8,000 to families in our neighborhood. Within a week, our staff distributed gift cards to ALDI worth $5,100 to help our families weather the first weeks of this quarantine.   We also packed and distributed 34 backpacks with much-needed school supplies, activities, and...

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Love that is Circular (Gifted Giver Part 3)

Ruth Ann North

Love that is Circular (Gifted Giver Part 3)

Each morning I read a meditation by Richard Rohr. He shared this quote this morning and it connected with what I'm learning about generosity. "In the freedom with which you freely choose to give yourself in love to the love that gives itself to you, in that reciprocity of love, your destiny is fulfilled, and God's will for you is consummated." - James Finely In her book "Bread for the Resistance" Donna Barber says, "If we get distracted by what [Jesus] is asking us for, we can miss the wealth of what he came to give us." It's when I...

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An Abundant Life (The Gifted Giver, Part 2)

Ruth Ann North

An Abundant Life (The Gifted Giver, Part 2)

This morning I was reading this powerful story in the Bible about a woman who comes to visit Jesus and pours a very costly bottle of perfume over Jesus's head. The men in the room were appalled and called her act foolish! They shamed her infront of everyone. She could have used the money from that perfume to help the poor! Jesus stands up for her and says what she has done is a beautiful thing, and she did it for him. He tells them that they will always have the opportunity to do good towards the poor. But that...

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