A Christmas Love Story – Anna B Apartment Refresh
On Saturday, December 21, 2019, 14 volunteers from Sacred Heart Ministries’ Open Doors Men’s Prayer Group and Love INC completed phase one of an apartment “refresh” for Anna B., a single mom of six children (ages 11-4).
Love INC has a two-year history of significant, “hands up” achievement by Anna, who is an employed mom with an amazing ‘do whatever it takes’ attitude. Anna has the help of her unwavering support team of angels, and is guided by her Love INC resource navigator Amy M. LCSW.
In relationship with them, she has journeyed from being homeless, with her children in foster care, to her family being reunited, living in New Life Village, and flourishing since 2017.
Open Doors led phase one of this refresh with seven volunteers painting in the morning. An afternoon crew of seven assembled two sets of bunk beds and three storage systems. Anna and family are beyond amazed!
Volunteers arrived at 10AM and the day ended around 6:30PM with mom coming home to a clean, freshly-painted 2nd floor (3 rooms and halls), new linens, new bunk beds for the boys (each now has their own mattress) and clean clothes for the girls.
“I witnessed this first hand on Saturday at our outreach event when our ministry partnered with Mike Doyle’s organization (Love INC) to bring a little more hope to a single mother of 6 living on the margin. A Big SHOUT OUT (MVP award) to “Mike and Michael” who scheduled/managed this event for Open Doors. Jonathan (one of Anna’s four sons) said ‘it was the cleanest his room has looked since he’s been there – like new. He could now invite friends over.’ ” Don Murray – Open Arms Ministry
R to L: Open Doors co-lead Michael Pierce, Gordon and David
Open Doors’ Gordon – MVP first runner up for trim cut in.
Steven – MVP best door painter, Victor – bunk bed builder
Susan with two of Anna’s daughters – MVP for tackling kids’ laundry!
“Before” – Refresh
“After” – Refresh
Your help: If a future date for phase two of Anna’s apartment refresh touches your heart, and if you have an interest in a meaningful morning/afternoon “giving back” or have questions about how to help, please contact:
Open Doors – Michael Fabianski / 504 875 7461 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Love INC – Ann M. Doyle / 813 541 7366 / email@example.com
Anna B. and her very active crew of six
Love INC advocates boldly for those He loves!
Bless your hearts!
Michael Doyle / vision carrier / game changer
Love (In the Name of Christ) INC of Metro Tampa Inc.
cell: 813 466 9166