This week marks the 15th anniversary of Shelter to Home. In these 15 years we have served 2305 men, women and children, an average of 153 per year. Although this is not a huge number, it is significant. we are reminded of the following story
After a fierce storm, when the waves crashed on the beach carrying a huge number of sea creatures, a little boy came to the beach., with his little red bucket. He couldn’t believe the hundreds of star fish which were stranded high on the beach. And so he set to work. Gathering 3 or 4 star fish in his bucket he waded up to his knees and emptied his bucket into the sea. He repeated this, over and over again. After a half an hour he heard a voice calling to him. It was an old man, sitting on a log. “What do you think you’re doing?” yelled the man. “I’m taking starfish back into the sea, Sir,”he replied. “Can’t you see how many there are? You can’t save them all. You can’t make a difference”. The little boy answered, “Sir, I can’t save them all, but I can make a difference to the ones I put back in the water”.
So it is with Shelter to Home. For 15 years, we have made a difference in the lives of those we have served