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May 2024 - Volume 36, Number 4  |  Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only. (James 1.22)

 God works through motorcycle clubs to Help our Mission kids.

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For the 33rd year, the KMA/KBA state motorcycle associations came together at Easter to support the children staying at Wayside’s Family Emergency Shelter. The ‘Bunney Run’ brought dozens of basket-toting motorcyclists to Hotel Louisville on Easter eve. 
 

“You know, God works through all of us,” said Reverend Tim Moseley. “And here's a good example, working through two motorcycle associations and helping children in a rescue mission. That's pretty amazing to me.”

This little girl was excited to meet the Easter Bunny!

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Each precious child had the joy of meeting the Easter Bunny and receiving a special Easter basket generously donated by the motorcyclists. We celebrated the spirit of Easter and the love of Christ through this wonderful event!

Dozens of motorcyclists brought Easter gifts.

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WHAT CAN YOUR GROUP DO TO HELP OUR MANY FAMILIES AT THE MISSION? CALL 345-9030 TODAY!

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DIRECTOR'S CORNER:  HEATHER’S STORY-STRENGTH THROUGH HARDSHIP

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Heather Moore joined the Navy and was stationed in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico for 2 1/2 years. At age 20, she became pregnant and left the military, choosing to have her first son despite objections from her mother. Sadly, domestic violence has plagued Heather's life from an early age, beginning with her parents' tumultuous relationship while growing up. Her own marriage was similarly marred by abuse from her ex-husband.
 

Now a mother of three sons aged 24, 23, and 14, with her eldest recently making her a grandmother, Heather eventually moved back to Kentucky. However, she spiraled into drug use, leading to periods of homelessness in Louisville from 2018 to the present day.  

 Heather credits her faith in God and Wayside’s support in surviving addiction.

Her situation took an even darker turn in 2021 when her middle son revealed the horrific abuse he suffered at the hands of Heather's ex-husband. He had cut off communication in order to hide his actions before fleeing with their youngest son.

The extreme dangers and deprivations of street life, especially for a woman, made mere survival a challenge. Heather found herself trapped in a cycle of getting housing, letting others take advantage, and ending up homeless again.
 

However, on January 27, 2022, she achieved sobriety after completing treatment programs. Wayside has helped her with invaluable support, plus a stable place to live. She now volunteers at Wayside's print shop.

Her oldest son has also been an immense source of support, providing the trust and family connection that independence from addiction requires.

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Heather’s son & granddaughter

Heather credits the tireless staff at Wayside for their empathy and assistance. Her faith has also sustained her, giving purpose to the trials she endured. With stability regained, Heather looks forward to visiting her new granddaughter and one day traveling the world.

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Wayside: A Safe Haven for ALL!

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During one particularly violent beating at the hands of an abusive ex, Heather’s dog, Pebbles, a pit bull, came to her rescue. “My ex literally put me in the hospital, ” Heather shared. “This dog attacked and bit him to protect me. She saved me! There's no telling if I'd be alive right now if she didn't.” Heather is very grateful that Wayside accepts pets so she could keep her.

“Wayside is a unique low-barrier shelter that accepts pets,” Heather said, “which is amazing. It's important to keep people and their pets together to avoid additional trauma. I was so blessed to bring Pebbles with me. Wayside even helped with her food and treats when I first arrived.”

  

“They truly don't break up families here. They even have cats!”

Heather & life-saver, Pebbles.

WONDERFUL ACTS OF KINDNESS

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Volunteers helped serve Wayside clients a delicious on Easter Day. We LOVE our volunteers!!

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Mission clients received a special Easter concert from the South Dixie Community Choir.

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Also on Easter Day, our chef and volunteers grilled in the Hotel parking lot for homeless street folks.

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St. Michael Orthodox Church members brought treats and the story of the "red egg" for Easter.

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Panera recently donated a van full of tasty breads, soups and much more to the Mission.

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Representatives from the regional Masons brought a large donation of foods & supplies to the shelter.

RED HAT LADIES CELEBRATE 20 YEARS!

Many of the Dazzlin! Derbi Citi Royalties ‘DIVAS’ enjoy lunch.

On March 23, 2024, a fun-loving group of ladies from the Red Hat Society, gathered at Hotel Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate their 20th Birthday Spring Tea Extravaganza. The festive gathering included a Mistress of Ceremony, a singing Deejay, guest speakers, great food, dancing, merchandise for sale, raffles, and, of course, the amazing red or pink hats and purple and lavender regalia.

This is a group of women who sure do know how to have fun!

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Queen Clara Fuqua & other Red Hat ladies have fun during one of their dances.

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 Please help your neighbors and share your time with the Mission this Summer. Whatever you can do, please help! Call 502-345-9030

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