A Word From The Executive Director
There’s No Place Like...“Home”
Home. When I think of home, I think of a place where there is love overflowing. I wish I was home…maybe there is a chance for me to go back there now that I have some direction, it would sure be nice to be back home where there is love and affection… (Home, The Wiz, written by Charlie Smalls)
In the “Wiz”, Dorothy sings of “home” and her words express just how I feel about Dayspring. I’ve been Dayspring’s Executive Director for just over two years and I feel like I’m back “home”. About 10 years ago, I was on staff at Dayspring as the Housing Manager, assisting homeless families obtain safe, decent, affordable housing. I’ve always had fond memories of Dayspring and I realize Dayspring is “home” for many families. Sometimes it is the first place they have lived where there is “love overflowing”.
For many families that arrive at Dayspring, this is a chance to start again. Yes, many have made poor choices, but who among us hasn't?
In the past two years, I have had the time to consider my short and long-term goals for Dayspring Center. The answer lies in the above lyrics…home. For the shelter, my goal is to make it look and feel like “home”. I think it is important that families…children, are comfortable when they walk through the doors. I would like Dayspring to look and feel less institutional and more like a home. This involves renovating the bedrooms – painting, hanging pictures, and installing new flooring in place of 20-year old vinyl tiles. Also, making the dining room more family friendly by brightening the walls and lighting and adding family style dining tables. All these changes would help to create a “home-like” atmosphere.
The staff of Dayspring is committed to assisting families in finding a home of their own. Giving “direction” often challenges the families' concept of home. Goals in this area: to stabilize the family and introduce or reinforce the notion of healthy family and healthy home.
I challenge each of you to be part of Dayspring's home.
Lori E. Casson, MSW