You're probably familiar with the term "Honey-Do List." These can range from quickly-checked-off tasks that are small, to larger sweat-inducing projects that can consume a weekend or more. Some simply serve to make life easier. Others can mean the difference between living safely or in a situation of greater risk.
Those who are blessed with nearby family and neighbors who can help often borrow this label from healthy marriages as a way to overcome their own feelings of vulnerability and awkwardness in asking for needed assistance. Who wouldn't want their spouse to ask for what they need? Who wouldn't want to try and respond with help if they could?
Saline Area Social Service (SASS) and Keystone Church recently applied this thinking to make a greater impact on the quality of life for senior citizens in our community.
Conspicuously labeled "The Honey-Do Project," SASS and Keystone met with the residents of Mill Pond Manor to see what additional needs they might have. Something as simple as the name under which these discussions began, put everyone at greater ease in talking about areas where residents could use assistance.
SASS now sends groups to Mill Pond several times a year to help with "Honey Do" items. Recently, thirty eight volunteers from Keystone assisted residents from Mill Pond with a variety of tasks such as moving furniture, light cleaning, hanging pictures, and even taking out some of the trash.
Over the last few years, Saline Area Social Service has made great strides in stabilizing its food supplies, volunteer ranks, and ability to provide financial support. The partnership here with Keystone Church is helping take that to even higher levels.
One of the catalysts for Keystone in increasing its community outreach efforts is a philosophy of "Love Where You Live," developed in 2015 by the Lead Pastor Ken Gilmore and the leadership team of Keystone. The idea is to be intentional about loving your neighbor through active use of your time, treasures, and talent in the community where you live and worship.
If you would like more info on how to get involved with Saline Area Social Service visit our website (SalineSocialService.com) or send an email: JAikens@SalineSocialService.com