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Janelle "Meant For More"

Janelle "Meant For More"

“...that part of my life really broke me. It broke my faith, it nearly broke my family. It broke friendships. It broke me financially. I nearly lost everything. But you know what else it did for me? It made me stop. It made me take all the masks off. It made me start being intentional with my daughters. It made me start putting my phone away. It stripped away all that didn’t need to be there, so I could truly see what was left. And it appeared there wasn’t much.

My heart longed for something more: it was broken. I was broken. Inside I knew I was meant for more … I just had to figure out what that was. And I needed to figure that out for me...no one else, just me.”

READ JANELLE’S STORY HERE

Romona "I'm Not That Special"

Romona "I'm Not That Special"

Before Founding Safe to Sleep, a women’s shelter, Romona had a life filled with many adventures, yet nothing prepared her for the life changing work she now does with the homeless community...

“From roaming fields and woods with my friends, my BB gun and cowboy boots as a kid, then as an adult cooking something different every night for a month when I was newly married, lugging my baby to the nearby library to get out of the house and practice sketching his little hands, conquering the 70 mile hill in Zimbabwe on a bicycle, riding with mission teams in the back of a pickup truck in Nicaragua – none of that prepared me to walk into a gymnasium in the morning and start calling each of the thirty women in the homeless shelter by name, giving a smile and “good morning", a touch on the shoulder or even a hug. Forcing myself to get up at 4am to check in at Safe to Sleep, I pray that God will allow me to slow down and dispense dignity and grace.” - Romona

ROMONA’S STORY HERE

Ethan "Live a Good Story"

Ethan "Live a Good Story"

“Why not play catch every day for an entire year?

Two of my mantras are “Baseball brings people together,” and “Baseball tells the best stories.” These mantras undergird almost all of my writings. Playing catch every day felt like a natural way to truly test those mantras. Ten-year old me couldn’t wait to get started. Forty-three year old me worried about my arm falling off.

As is the usual, inspiration left the vast majority of the details to me. Each day, I was forced out of my comfort zone to ask friends and family and complete strangers if they’d be willing to toss a ball with me. Rejections far outnumbered agreements.

But living a good story demands risk, courage, and perseverance. So I press on, trusting that someone will eventually say yes each day. Every morning, I wake up both anxious and excited to see what story will unfold that day.”

ETHAN’S STORY HERE

Jennifer "The Pay-It-Forward Hero"

Jennifer "The Pay-It-Forward Hero"

"One year in college while at a Rugby tournament, I ended up attending my first ever women’s boxing match at one of the local bars. I was instantly hooked. I happened to be standing next to a boxing scout who, tickled by my enthusiasm, asked me if I would try out for boxing. Long story short, he had watched me play rugby earlier that day and said that I did not hit like a girl. I soon signed on and became a Women’s Professional Boxer for the WIBF. (Not bad for a girl who had to be the sports manager in high school)

In 2015, I realized how sick I was of being a struggling single mom. I wanted to do something to help others. I started a pay-it-forward group on Facebook called 'Kansas City Heroes'. My group was designed to help people with disabilities, senior citizens, and single-parent homes by providing acts of kindness. We are a grassroots organization that wants to get the “pay it forward” message out.

It does not take a lot of money to help someone in need, just a lot of love and compassion. We can all deal out some of that!"

Jennifer's story HERE.

Sergeant Bobby "The Oklahoma Standard"

Sergeant Bobby "The Oklahoma Standard"

"I am Sergeant Bobby and I have been on the "HOT Team" (Homeless Outreach Team) for a little over two years with the Oklahoma City Police Department. The "HOT Team" works with the city’s homeless population, trying to connect them with housing and other services…in hopes of getting them off the street. Especially now with it being so hot, we also deliver water and other necessities, such as food, to those in need.

I would like to advise other communities trying to help the homeless and those in need in their communities to not give up. You know, sometimes you’ll run across people and they’re very content with their situation. I think that was the hardest lesson for me to learn coming over here. You find a homeless veteran in the woods and you know the VA has a place for them to stay that night, they don’t have to live in the woods, but for whatever reason you can’t get them to make that change. You’ve kind of got to understand that it’s a lifestyle and when they are ready for help and ready to make a change, as a community you have to be ready to help them out. Ultimately, I think everybody always deserves another chance."

Read Sergeant Bobby's story HERE.

Jeanne's Story "Honored and Humbled"

Jeanne's Story "Honored and Humbled"

Three female students from Glendale, two tremendous debaters and one athlete, took it upon themselves to address the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education and demand that girls in the five high schools be given the opportunity to participate in competitive and organized sports. The School Board listened and because I was a physical education teacher at Glendale I was given the responsibility to coach both the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams. Given my height as only five foot you might say that these were not two sports that I had ever participated in and only knew enough about them to teach them in physical education class.

Read Honored and Humbled HERE.

Brittany and Bill's Story - Chapter "The Choice"

Brittany and Bill's Story - Chapter "The Choice"

"Since getting well, I quit working at the private law firm I had been at for over 6 years..."

Read Brittany's story on why she quit and where she is at now HERE.

Tracy's Story "Ooz Wow Moments"

Tracy's Story "Ooz Wow Moments"

When I  was hired for my first teaching job, I went out and bought myself a small pair of diamond earrings by way of celebration. On the last day of my career, I put them on again, jokingly making the statement that after thirty years in the classroom, they were still all I could afford. No, my car is not new, my house not paid for and I would like to have more in my savings account. But if I was given the chance to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I believe I was right where God wanted me to be.

Read Tracy's Story HERE.

Taylor's Story "No Expense Spared"

Taylor's Story "No Expense Spared"

"So in summary – YES, Hollywood is a very expensive town to live in. It will take everything from you, but if your heart is in the right place, you’ll consider it an even trade. And also YES, your parents are right – pursuing a career in the arts is a really really hard life. However, so is doing something you hate, but without all of the golden moments that come along only with following your heart."

Read Taylor's journey to Hollywood HERE.

  " I climbed the corporate ladder and was one step away from approaching the top, but it came with a price."  READ MORE ABOUT HOLLY'S JOURNEY WITH WORK   HERE.

"I climbed the corporate ladder and was one step away from approaching the top, but it came with a price."

READ MORE ABOUT HOLLY'S JOURNEY WITH WORK HERE.

Amber's Story "New Wings"

Amber's Story "New Wings"

"Then, on one weak, broken and regretful day, I cracked under the pressure as a new found girlfriend of mine came flashing around her earnings, material possessions and gifts.  I became envious and greedy and jumped on her bandwagon - I began the most horrifying and unimaginable path of prostitution!"


Read Amber's complete story HERE.