When you think of the word neighbor, who comes to mind? Neighbors can make us think of a whole community of people. Some we know very well, and have been afforded the great joy of getting to share in their lives. Some we may not know well at all, but their presence alone encourages us think more of the community we are surrounded by.
We have been so fortunate to come across so many good neighbors over the years. We had to take this chance to recognize them on this National Good Neighbor Day! Their stories bring to light the great impact our fellow community members have on us, and the wonderful sensations accompanied by embracing those connections. Our homesharers in particular are shining examples of people who go above and beyond to help others.
Karen Heyward-West, director of the Homesharing Program, spoke to Mr. Jones, who was matched with Ms. Smith and her 8 year-old grandson. He was happy to report that they all were getting along extremely well (Names of clients have been changed to protect their identity).
“First the ability to help people find a home is important to me,” Mr Jones commented. “Second this match is perfect; I adore this child, and can tell that he is safe, stable, and very happy. I even brought him a dog.”
“In my wildest dreams I would have never thought that my life would be enhanced by sharing my home. Homesharing for me is a long term solution for people like me and Ms. Smith. It’s not always about the money it’s about the person you are and can become when you are happy!”
Ms. Smith also shared her story with Homesharing.
“I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel. I can plan my funds better, purchase food on a regular basis. I am providing a stable home environment for my grandson. Who would have thought that Homesharing would allow me to put a smile on my face let alone my Grandson. I have learned through Homesharing that it’s not always about having your name on the deeds, but it’s about having a place to call home.”
Thank you to all the good neighbors, who help us find and create homes. Thank you for being a part of our lives. We are exceptionally grateful for you, who so graciously reach from the bottom of your heart to lend us a hand. We hope we can be good neighbors to you too.
What neighbors are you grateful for? What impact have they had on your life?