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  • Beat The Holiday Blues …by Mike Solosky

    Here at Haven of Rest Ministries we have many, many wonderful volunteers who remind us why it is so important to be “other centered” rather than “self centered” especially at Christmas. It really is all about attitude and focus.

    As I write this, it is the day after Christmas. Jan, our Volunteer Coordinator, shared with me many stories of people who at one time in their lives were hurting and changed that hurt into a blessing for themselves and others. Let me share a few of those true stories with you.

    There is a married couple whose son at one time came to

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    Haven of Rest for help. Their way of fighting the blues at the holidays is helping here at the Mission. Even though they could have been depressed, they started helping here when their son needed help and have just continued doing that every Christmas. They spend their time making beds in the client men’s dormitory. It allows the Resident Men, who would normally do that job, to enjoy their Christmas more.

    Do you think you would be depressed at Christmas if your wife or husband was going through chemotherapy treatments? A man and his two teenage sons still came in to volunteer despite his wife, their mother, going through her chemotherapy treatments. She usually helps as well but was sick and weak from the most recent treatment and couldn’t volunteer this Christmas. Rather than feel sorry for themselves they looked for ways to give back and be other focused.

    Another true example is of a married couple who used to volunteer here with their teenage daughter faithfully each Christmas. Because of the daughter’s work schedule, she can no longer volunteer. However, the parents continue that family tradition of volunteering here every Christmas Day and enjoy the experience very much.

    So thanks to all those who made such a difference in the lives of the poor this December 25th by volunteering at Haven of Rest Ministries. You already know and live the secret of making a difference. It is a wonderful example to us of “giving” in this culture of “getting,” especially at the biggest “getting” time of the year.

    Mike Solosky
    Donor Relations Coordinator