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Review for Presbyterian Home For Children, Talladega, AL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Many many years ago on my first trip visiting the home I brought a group from our church to volunteer for a weekend.
I was very impressed with what the mission of the home was then and how it continues to adapt to the times and the needs of those it serves.
That weekend we did a few needed projects around the campus and got the pleasure to spend time with the residents as well. It’s great to go volunteer but the time spent with the residents is a blessing! They are so bright, so sweet, and so full of life. I know the residents enjoy the time together but it’s hard to say who really gets more from it, them or us.
This particular time we stayed in one of the cottages that shared a large concrete slab porch with another cottage. And in that other cottage was a family that had just recently moved to the home. I could see the face of a small child peak through the window of the door and when I would look at the child he or she would close the curtain quickly. I saw toys on the porch so I knew the child had to come out to play. This went on for a couple days and in conversation with the then president of the home I mentioned this. He told me that this family had been abused badly by an adult male and the children were extremely afraid of adult males. This was heart breaking to me. Why anyone could do such a thing is what I continued to ask myself.
After that trip to the home it was about a year before I was able to visit again. It just so happened that we stayed in the same cottage again. It would also happen that the same family was living in the cottage across the porch. But things were different than the previous year. This year the children came out of the house, they played with their toys, laughed, and had a good time. They spoke to me and weren’t afraid anymore. They of course didn’t remember me but I remembered them.
I’ve seen first hand what amazing work the home does. I know it isn’t easy but the rewards of helping those in need far outweigh anything else. This is how everyone working at the home and those who volunteer at the home feel.
This home is an amazing place doing amazing things for those it serves.
I’m proud to be affiliated with such a fine Godly bunch.

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