The trusses have been raised, sheeting placed, and there is a roof on Building B! The inside of the building has dried and the plumbers are busy. The team is making progress quickly! It’s been a whirlwind of activity—and it’s been a similar whirlwind in Building A.
In the last few weeks we’ve had three Shoreline families gain permanent housing. We’ve been thrilled to learn two of them will be moving into the same complex as another Vision House family! They’re already communicating and planning ways to support one another. This bond is a visible testament to how the love and community fostered at Vision House continues to grow outside of our facilities.
We’re excited to see God’s plan at work for the next three families to move in, who like all of our families, have some pretty amazing testimonies. One mom who will be moving in with her daughter lost her housing due to a major illness that doctors told her would be terminal. She trusted, however, that God meant for her to stay on earth to care for her daughter, and by prayer and grace she is well and still here! The safety of our program will mean she and her daughter can fully recuperate before walking into their next season of life.
Another mom was orphaned as a young child, and was granted refugee status to come to the US while genocide raged in her birth country. She worked hard to live the American dream, dedicating herself to her position at a factory and marrying a man she thought would take care of her. After their child was born, however, he became extremely abusive. He injured her so badly she could no longer work, and fearing for her life and the life of her child they fled. They’ve been staying in emergency shelter. The safety and stability of Vision House will mean she can finally attend physical therapy, and have the time to carefully choose a new career. She dreams of the day when she and her daughter will live independently.
When a three bedroom unit opens, we look forward to hosting another refugee family, a widowed mother of four whose lost her husband due to violence in her country of origin. After fleeing to a neighboring country, they were granted asylum in the US, and have also been staying in emergency shelter. In shelter, however, one of her children was assaulted, and the family is struggling with the insecurity of their current situation. This mother worked in scientific research for many years before the chaos of war changed her family’s life, and is now working part time in a community college laboratory. In six months she has gone from the most rudimentary levels of English to the most advanced level. A season of safety at Vision House will provide her with the ability to finish her certifications to reenter her field, and provide for her children without any organizational aid in the future. The wait to admit this family is only making us more excited to see the steady progress on Building B, and the hope it edifies of God continuing to do His spectacular work.
Hebrews 3:6 “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.”