ALTERNATIVE TITLE: The Post That Affirms What We Already Knew
Yeah - that's better.
If you have followed my heart mission - Share Southern Vermont - from its grandios conception within my head then you might remember the posts where I:
- Built the Bridge
- Got Delayed by the Detour
- Danced Across the Bridge
- Wrote That Kickin' Time-For-Change Proposal (with some Mighty Blogger Help!)
- Came Full Circle - And Got....M.A.D!
- Took A Leap of Faith
- Had a newspaper article written abour our cause
- Opened a SSV bank account!
- Moved SSV to it's new bloggy home
- AND... (Hanging head ashamedly) Got really mad - again
And, if you haven't been following my journey then know that for whatever anger overtook me at times, flanked by frustration and envy - FAITH had them all beat by ten miles.
I have always KNOWN, not hoped or wished for or even thought possbile - but KNOWN that our mission will be fulfilled and our program will grow leaps and bounds throughout the years, touching countless hearts in every stage of their greiving process.
Well....(deep breath now, ok? You good? Sitting down?)
I am going to do this is vision : reality format, for your sake (read: it will keep it shorter) and mine (read: it will keep it shorter).
VISION: A well attended, professionally run support group that leaves people feeling like it is a safe place for them to come and share wherever they are in their grief process.
REALITY: We have had 4 meetings. People have been at everyone. New people are coming every month. We are getting the word out - we are making a difference.
VISION: We would have enough in our bank account to meet our start-up costs, gratefull accepting additional funds to further our cause.
VISION: We would be categorized 501(c)3 Non-Profit to make the most of our outreach.
REALITY: The Eye-R-Ess has cashed our check and is currently reviewing our application. It's been a while...but hey - I guess thet are a little busy right just about now - right?
VISION: We would host grand community-awareness / fundraising events where bereaved parents are celebrated for the role they played in their baby's life. These events would open even more eyes to our mission, hence reach people who didn't know about our services.
REALITY: We are currently finalizing detalils for our First Annual Walk For Hope and Rememberance. An event of which the orginal board member and I had once said, "Heck - if it's just you and me, our husbands and our kids standing out there with a balloon - it will be a success!" Um...it's big - getting bigger everyday - almost overwhelming big - but that's the point, yes?
VISION: I would bring together a team of people who all Share the same vision, annually training another person as a program leader.
REALITY: It's happening. Our board of directors is strong. Two new bereaved mothers have just come into our group clearly saying what they envision their role to be, practially verbatim to what I have put out there into the faith ethers.
And the BIGGEST VISION OF ALL: I would create a friendly working relationship with the childbirth center at the local hospital. SHARE would be there from the time of loss - support the family as they make difficult choices and begin their grief road.
Still sitting down???
I got a phone call this last week that confirms my faith that it WILL happen. It affirms my belief that intended action with big, dedicated love behind it can NEVER fail.
Thank you for being there from day one - and holding my hand.
Thank you for picking up the story here - and becoming part of the vision.
I told you I'd share the 'happily ever after' with you- right? Consider this the 'happily...'