Regeneration Outreach Community is honoured to be considered family by many of our guests. Barbara Bush once said that “family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” This happens daily at Regeneration.
Joe* has experienced this support firsthand. He is in his fifties, and has been part of our community for a number of years. Most mornings you can find him collecting and then washing dirty dishes left behind by other guests—and while he’s washing those up, he’s usually taking plates from other guests to do as well!
“Family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” -Barbara Bush
He loves helping out like this because, in his words, “that’s just what family does.”
Joe has become a true member of the community at Regeneration—even with his quiet demeanor, everyone knows him. In December, he was hospitalized for three weeks and had to have part of his bladder removed. Our guests were extremely upset to hear that he was in the hospital. During his three week stay, they came together to buy him a get well card and had it signed by volunteers, staff, and other guests. Then, they hand-delivered it to the hospital. Joe was blessed by visits from guests and staff alike, and we were all grateful when he was able to come “home” again, to a place where he is supported and cared about.
Tragically, less than a week after he left the hospital, he found out that his daughter in Manitoba passed away. Although he has some family in Ontario, he asked us to help honour his daughter with a memorial service. He invited his family from all over Ontario to join us, and we did our best to create a memorial that honoured who his daughter was. It was a privilege to be asked to host and take part in this service.
At Regeneration, we believe that a network of reliable support is crucial for healing. Every day, we are grateful for the opportunity to personally care for and build relationships with each of our guests because “that’s just what family does.” Your support is what makes this possible—thank you!
*Names have been changed for privacy.
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