November 14, 2012
One heart touching many. I love that tagline for this great non-profit. Sophia's Heart has touched so many lives the last few years and continues to grow in numerous ways, recently expanding its programs to include help for those in human trafficking. This program has joined other offerings that include awarding scholarships to kids who have overcome a severe obstacle, keeping homeless families together for temporary housing instead of splitting them up which is the norm, plus giving them necessary lifeskills training, providing a relief center during Nashville's flood a few years ago, and providing music and arts programs for youth who need to reestablish themselves in a positive way in their community and allow dreams to evolve. I have been a volunteer for this organization for over 3 years, serving in both Wisconsin and in Nashville. It has been so rewarding for me personally to see kids who are hurting due to a multitude of issues and lack of reason to dream that their lives can get better, rise above the difficulties. Many of the kids talk about how participating in Sophia's Heart programs has made them a better son or daughter, better friend and a more happy person. This revitalization in turn can help the whole family unit become better adjusted and look to a brighter future. Danny Gokey, Sophia's Heart's founder, had the vision to give hurting families a reason to keep their dreams intact and in turn, has turned lives around for many people who needed to see that their dreams are not gone...they just needed the tools to see them again. He has asked others, including his volunteers, to step up and help him bring his vision into reality, carefully thinking through necessary steps and goals so dignity is kept intact for those hurting while pertinent skills are taught to make a permanent change in the families' conditions for future growth. He also makes it known he is able to relate to hardship and shattered dreams that the kids and families experience since he also experienced this when he lost his wife Sophia due to an unexpected medical tragedy. He shows by his real life example that keeping the faith and accepting help when it is needed most can rebuild a life. I am very proud to support this organization that keeps evolving to meet the needs of others in a multitude of ways and shows genuine concern and compassion for others.
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