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UMKC social work student was able to connect her with Truman Medical Center for medical emer- gency and other agencies. She grew comfortable and fond of us and gave us the joy of giving.

We grew attached to this very stately woman and were sad- dened to say good bye but over- joyed to take her to the airport to be homeward bound and recon- ciled with her children. This Christ- mas will be a special one for Ariel and her children. Her family and all of us at TrueLight were blessed by the joy of giving.

The Season of Giving Back -

A Word from the Director

Alice Piggee-Wallack

The Holiday Season officially marks the season of giving. Sadly, much too often the season of giv- ing becomes one of disappoint- ment--gifts that will be returned or set on the shelf, toys broken, and sometimes tears shed because “That is not what I wanted.” Sounds unfulfilling? Most defi- nitely! The gift of giving back brings fulfillment and joy—a gift that reaches out to touch others and returns to bestow its blessings upon the giver. Giving back is giv- ing the gift of love.

Shantel Crutison enjoys giving. In July 2008, Shantel and her mother, who had just moved from

another state to be with her, sud- denly found themselves homeless. For an entire summer these women came to E-Station to find shelter from the elements. Be- tween job s e a r c h e s , Shantel and her mother helped with chores and serving lunch. They wanted to give back. Suddenly, doors of op- portunity swung open for them—a job with the Metro, a teaching as- signment for her mother, an apart- ment and fulfillment.

Shantel continues to give back

two Wednesdays each month. She purchases and prepares lunch for twenty women who sit where she once sat and offers en- couraging words—“Feed your body but don’t forget to feed the spirit.”

This Holiday Season ask your- self, “How can I make this season more fulfilling?” This year choose to give a gift of giving back... give a gift of love. Holiday blessings.


Volume 4 Issue 2. Fall/Winter 2013

Ariel’s Story

TrueLight FRC has thought a lot

and had no prior connectedness about giving back prior to and

to the city. Fortunately, she was during the holiday season. Giving

brought to Emancipation Station back hope, dignity, respect, and

and introduced to women who providing loving service is what

come to us from we do. Rebuilding broken lives

77 years old.

the Forest Ave- and community is our reason for

A “run away”

nue Women’s being.

A month ago we received a call about a 77-year-old senior

alone in a strange city.

Shelter. Those women who have lost their who had come to Kansas City on

housing gave by Amtrak from another state. The

taking responsibility for getting our woman had “run away” from

senior to and from the overnight home, not wanting to feel like a

shelter. TrueLight provided a safe burden on her adult children. She

day place, hot meals, bus passes was like a ship without a compass.

and a listening ear. We gave Ariel did not know Kansas City

encouragement and hope. Our

This Holiday Season ask yourself, “How can I make this season more fulfilling?”

TrueLight Family Resource Center

“Rocking music, street dancing, good food, games, giveaways and prizes...all part of True Light’s Block Party to support and enhance community.

Thank you for your generous support:

7th Heaven Arvest Bank Backyard Burgers Bank of America Brookside Party Ware- house Chris Nickens Connections to Success Costco Demasters Insurance DJ Party Tyme Produc- tions Gee Geez “Grandpa Pokey”

Janet Moss Joel Wakham Job Corp KCATA KKFI Radio Liberty Women’s Health Macy’s Northeast Animal Hosp. Operation Breakthrough Paul Mesner Puppets Progressive Insurance PUMA Futbol Club Rachel House Resource Center

Ramanda Hicks Restart INC. Second Wind Counseling Sho Me Luv Enterprises Sweet Tomatoes Tabitha McLaren Thomas Rogue & Susan Knittle Thriftway U.S. Bank Velvet Crème Popcorn Wild Woodys Wilma Postlewait

☼ Harvest Ridge Covenant

Church ☼ Shelterwood, Southwoods

Christian Church ☼ Farmer’s Insurance ☼ Harmony Middle School ☼ Pembrooke 6th Grade ☼ First Trust Mortgage ☼ Band of Sisters ☼ IHOP ☼ Advent Luthern ☼ Shawnee Nazarene ☼ St. Peters United Methodist