Most folks don't know my story, because I don't really tell it. Call it a case of the #INTJs, if you like, but talking about my personal life isn't one of the things I love to do. I'd rather write about overcoming my challenges... I digress. More than twenty years ago, DFCS closed my case two days after I turned 18. Fastest thing they did for me as a ward of the court. To be honest, foster care wasn't the horror I've heard it can be and is for most children. Being part of a family, having a Dad, helped heal my heart. Over the years, I've realized how fortunate I am and have been looking for a way to help others. The way my foster Dad instilled in me.
What I've looked for over the years is an organization that supports former foster children as they transition from group or foster home into adulthood. This led to me consistently searching, finding an organization then not connecting with how they carry out their mission. Color me surprised when a post on Facebook (my least favorite social media platform) led me to the charity with which I connected almost immediately upon discovery. I've given my first donation, and will continue to give back as often and much as possible to ThinkOf_US.
Thinkof_Us is a mobile app that aids foster care youth in setting themselves up for the best life possible after aging out of the system. Between the technology and functionality of this organization's vision they're the perfect place for me to start giving back. I'm committed to a future of reaching back to help those traveling the uncertain road ahead of them.
Christ died on the cross for me. Once He returned to heaven He sent the Holy Spirit to be my Comforter, Teacher, Guide, Counsel, and all around Ace. The Bible is a sacred text which I don't debate because I know it has been misused, abused, reinterpreted for a myriad of reasons, and mishandled for unholy gains. Despite all of these things, I know God is real based on the experiences I've had as a result of my relationship with Him. I to choose to worship Him and don't judge others who choose not to believe in Him. Whether we believe the same thing or not... we should all treat one another with respect.
Republicans, Democrats, and most political parties have failed the American public. My observation is there is one party in America that doesn't know how to work together like grownups anymore... the capitalist party. Without a sincere desire for cooperation and a return to wanting respectful communication our country will continue to be ripped apart and sold to the highest bidder. Extremists in both parties can and will only be checked when the "silent majority" begins to make our voices heard. I'm an independent voter unwilling to force my principals on others or compromise my faith. Not an easy path to take, but thanks to my Ace, l'm well equipped for the journey.