OFY Cares Blog

I was up early watching the news late last week regarding the violence occurring in the Central African Republic. The piece was on the refugees being created by the warring factions and the resultant camps being set up so that people who are surviving the violence can do just that…survive…barely.

Every Year around Christmas time OFY receives some phone calls from individuals and groups who are interested in donating gifts for foster or adopted children that we serve. Every year, I find myself wondering how a donor happened to call us. Why OFY?  We work with foster and adopted children. We have just begun working in Uganda where we will work with orphanages to help provide foster care and international adoption services for children living in poverty.  Many other organizations do similar work and most, if not all, of us hope to make the world a better place. There are so many organizations for a donor to choose from, all competing for the donations that will help them make a difference in their world.  How does a donor choose OFY?

Yes…I’m still here. It’s been 5 or 6 weeks since I’ve taken the time to post a blog. Lots has been happening. We’ve had two State Site Inspections: one for our agency’s two year certification; one for MEPA. We’ve been evaluated and approved to become a Private Child Placing agency (yeah!!). I submitted a Request for Qualifications to Cuyahoga County Government to see if we’ll be selected for a contractual agreement for foster care services (we were…yeah again). We underwent our Council On Accreditation Site Visit on October 21st and 22nd for Hague Accreditation. We will likely hear by the end of November. Our auditors have been out for several days to conduct the annual audit of the agency’s finances.  Friday, we had our annual Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services Contract Monitoring Site Visit.

A few weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a rainstorm just blasting the roof of my home. You know that sound don’t you? It makes you feel glad to be safe and dry inside your home and not outside where it’s raining ‘cats and dogs.’

As often happens, I couldn’t fall back to sleep and so I ventured outside and watched the torrential downpour from under the cover of my front porch. I love a good thunderstorm. It shows just how powerful God can be with a ‘snap of his fingers’ as He controls the weather and then how the weather can influence us.

As I watched the rush of the water spewing out of my gutters that were clogged with all those leaves that I hadn’t gotten a chance to remove, my mind (and my heart) flashed back to February of this year.

Our last blog by one of our Administrative Assistants, Megan Holmes, reminded me of a situation that occurred several years ago that took place right in our office waiting room. Our four sayings that line the wall in our hallway always remind me of it too. It has to do with the third frame that reads, “Don’t underestimate your impact on others.”

I was going through the gobs of paperwork sitting on my desk when our receptionist in the front of our office called me. “There’s a woman up here that wants to talk to you. Can you come up here to see her?”

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