Hillcrest Hope Thanksgiving Celebration in Liberty
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for: family, friends, provisions and so much more. Some of the families at Hillcrest Hope will spend Thanksgiving Day with family members, while others spend it quietly at home or working. The families in Liberty took the opportunity to celebrate in community together and reflect on their blessings.
On the afternoon of Sunday, November 15, the families of Hillcrest Hope carried hot dishes of turkey, stuffing, ham, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, pies and so much more into the conference room of the Grover Street office. Adult children, parents, additional family members and friends of these Hillcrest Hope residents joined in on the time of Thanksgiving. All joined hands around the room to thank God for the many blessings in the lives of those present.
Ruby Archer, current resident manager and past graduate of the Hillcrest Hope program, organized this community meal. It was a humbling experience for her to accept the opportunity to be at Hillcrest Hope and she clearly remembers how it felt to truly find hope again. “I want to share that with each family here,” Ruby explained.
As the meal wrapped up, the children played and colored pictures, while the adults spent time talking and watching the Chiefs game. Words of gratitude and joy were shared all around. The sense of ease and comfort is a blessing that stems from the community created with all the families on the property.
The holidays can sometimes be a difficult time of year, reflecting about loss or painful memories. And for the families of Hillcrest Hope, it is no different. Gathering together for the purpose of truly giving thanks helps put things into perspective.
The laughter and fun that accompanied the meal and time spent together were wonderful proof that the families of Hillcrest Hope, as well as all who celebrated with them, are embracing the hope and joy of this holiday season.