Walking on to the ACH campus last Saturday made me smile: Precious children were running around wearing super hero costumes while dragging their foster parents. All were laughing and smiling from ear to ear. I am painfully aware that the life of a foster child is not always fun and games. They have suffered more than anyone should ever have to suffer, but what a joy to see the happiness that was evident on that splendid day.
The historic campus is such a beautiful place, and I couldn't help but think about all the super heroes who walked the grounds before us. The teachers, the staff, the coaches, and all the behind-the-scenes workers made life bearable for a campus full of orphans all those years ago. What a privilege it is to play a role in a life that in some cases has been cast aside. And with a little hope, care and love, provide the opportunity to watch that person not only survive, but thrive.
Today, the idea of an orphanage is archaic and has fortunately been replaced with wonderful new living opportunities within the foster care system. There is so much pain among the children who end up at ACH and yet so much hope for a better life. All it takes are a few super heroes who are willing to open their arms and homes to a precious child. And I would be remiss not to mention all the super heroes who work tireless hours to make sure the system works. They rarely get credit for their super hero role, but that's not why they do it. Their reward is heartfelt.
As I was leaving the event, I couldn't help but realize that every single person I encountered that day was a super hero—or they wouldn't have been there. I spent a beautiful sunny day walking among greatness, and I found myself wishing every Saturday could be like that!
-Lynn Newman, Fund Development Chair, ACH Board of Directors