My husband Larry and I moved into Lenbrook this spring, and we are amazed at how fast Lenbrook has become “our home.” I’ve always been about “finding the best fit” because I have spent 30+ years helping high school students find their best college fit. (Missy was the head of College Counseling at Woodward Academy in Atlanta for 25 years.)

At a previous ministry site, we used to begin each day with “the morning prayer.” A memorable section of the prayer included the words, “In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of this coming day with all that it shall bring.”

I recently "retired" again, but not exactly like I did in 2007 after 45 years of designing and building houses in Atlanta. This time, it was from a variety of volunteer capacities I've held for the past 27 years with YES!Atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Atlanta's at-risk inner-city youth.

A Night at the Hospital

Pictured Above: Chris Keysor (Lenbrook President and CEO, Jackie Durant (Lenbrook Resident) and Linden Longino

How much is a “thank you” hug from a Nobel Peace Laureate worth? What is the value of a letter from a teacher in Afghanistan who says, “Because of your work many children here have some hope that their cries for peace will be heard somewhere.” Are twenty years of volunteer work worth this? Yes.

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