by Teresa Jackson on September 4th, 2013

    Today, while doing what I do; my assistant alerted me to a visitor that specifically asked to speak with me. A local church sent her to see me, she explained. I asked my guest to come into my office. My client introduced herself. I noted that she was an articulate, well - dressed woman who appeared to be in her 60's.  After pleasantries were exchanged, I asked her how I could be of assistance to her. She began to cry. I offered her a tissue and told her to take her time. She began to share her life story, the ups and downs and reason for her visit. Her shame and embarrassment were palpable. She has worked and indeed still works part time. She is also drawing her Social Security. She is alone, with no spouse to help her pay bills or provide companionship. Her adult daughter cannot help, as her own life needs eat up every cent of her income. My new friend never imagined she would need help paying for her basic needs after a lifetime of hard work. She never imagined she would find herself alone to navigate the winter of her life. Her heart was so heavy with sadness and regret. She wept. I wept.
    Life brings many surprises. Some bring joy and unexpected gifts. Some are so painful we want to give up.  After a moment of silence, I began to share with my client the services we could provide to her at Sharing Life. I collaborated with her church to meet her most immediate needs for housing and healthcare. Together, we shared her burden. I  also put some gas in her car and her emotional hope tank. 
    I wish I could say that such an encounter is rare. It isn't. This type of meeting happens often in our facility. Desperate people, with little hope reach out hoping there is something we can do to help. Often, there is. I write a check or give someone a gift card to get gasoline, we stock a cart with groceries or fill a sack with clothing.  Refusing to judge those who enter our doors and instead loving them, offering them grace instead of guilt is the most important service we offer our clients. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that the hope I have because of Jesus can be given to those who need it most  by just by trying a little tenderness. By saying yes. By offering a tissue. By paying some rent. By telling them that He loves them and has sent them an answer through the gifts of people who care in our community. The gifts of our donors make this possible. Thank you for giving to the Lord so we can be His hands and feet to the hurting, hopeless and hungry. I love my job. I love my clients. I love my Jesus.


   

by Teresa Jackson on August 31st, 2013

I have been encouraged to start a blog. I have resisted, not wanting another thing on my "To Do" list. The thought of proofreading, proper grammar and perfect spelling makes me cringe. I know I won't be perfect, so I won't even try. Instead, I will use a more conversational tone in my blog. I hope you find this adventure of looking inside my head interesting and in some way, helpful for your journey.  And now I will begin sharing my own journey....

by Teresa Jackson on November 10th, 2012

Hello! Can you believe it's November and Thanksgiving is only 12 days away? There were over 100 volunteers at Sharing Life today filling bags and baskets with Thanksgiving food items so we can distribute them next week to families in need. I was at home, sick in bed via doctor's orders. I hate that I missed the fun and energy of our holiday volunteers! I know Mike Martin and Marjorie Seward did a fantastic job running the show and I am very grateful for their hard work and dedication to Sharing Life.
I am often asked which I would rather have, money or items? The answer is yes! Especially during this time of year, people want to know how their donated dollars can be used in the most effective manner. That is a complicated answer. If you desire your donation to be used for food, then the answer is money. Because of our partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, our purchasing power is much greater than that of a retail customer. We pay a handling fee, called shared maintenance, that is usually .14 cents per pound. Some items are .28 cents per pound. A one pound package of ground beef is .14 cents. A can of green beans or corn is .14 cents. So for food items, we prefer donated dollars even though we appreciate every donated food item that comes through our doors. For non food items such as toilet tissue, soap, toothpaste, diapers, school supplies and toys and gifts for our Christmas Faire we prefer the donated items. There is no wholesale opportunity for us to purchase those items. We search for the best sales and shop for the items we need in the same ways you would. Your gently used clothing, shoes, household items, books, toys, furniture and appliances are always welcome and appreciated. I hope this information answers this question for you. If you desire to give a monetary gift you can do so via our web site at http://sharinglifeoutreach.org/monetary.
I appreciate every single one of you. You are such kind and generous people. God bless you.

by Teresa Jackson on October 27th, 2012

Today we received the North Texas Food Bank's "Agency of the Year" award.  We treasure our partnership with NTFB and are grateful for all they do for us. This is a huge honor. Thank you Jan Pruitt and your staff at the food bank. 

by Teresa Jackson on October 27th, 2012

Welcome and man thanks to Buca Di Bepo restaurant that recently opened at Town East Mall. They donated 1000 lbs of pasta to Sharing Life Community Outreach. 





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