Behind Closed Doors

“If you can keep your head when all about you
 Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
  But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
  Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
  And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:”

If you’re interested in poetry, you might recognize this as the first stanza of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If—“.

A caring staff member sharing the opening lines of this poem were what finally caught a boy named Anthony’s attention after years of neglect and abuse. Anthony and his siblings had been brought to the Receiving Home after being found hungrily eating food from the aisles of the mini market around the corner from the apartment they shared with their mom and the men she often brought there.
Anthony’s behaviors at the Receiving Home were indicative of the severe abuse he had suffered through. He constantly threatened and injured staff, destroyed property, made lewd gestures and comments, and instigated fights with other boys. He refused to follow rules, wet his bed nightly, and cussed out anyone who tried to get near him.
Staff had exhausted all their ideas to reach Anthony and were at a loss about what to do. During one major blow-up, one child care worker, making the effort one more time, past all reasonable measure of patience and endurance, came up with something new. She started reciting that Rudyard Kipling poem to Anthony.
By the time she had gotten to the end of the second stanza, Anthony had stopped yelling, gotten down from the play structure, and came to sit next to the staff on the bench. Keep going, he said.
By the end of the poem, Anthony was able to look at that child care worker and believe—for the first time in his life—that there was hope.
We don’t often share stories like this, but I hope this gives you a better idea of what goes on behind our closed doors, at this busy intersection of Auburn and Watt.

When you give, you are supporting our kids, of course, but also our staff who work incredibly hard for these very special kids from the most difficult of circumstances, with the most complex of issues, and the highest of obstacles put in their way.
We so appreciate your interest and involvement in the work we do. Without our supporters, our staff couldn’t do what they do 24/7, 365 days a year and our kids would never know what it feels like to have someone invest, believe, and hope for them.
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