#fivethingsfriday: Ho Ho HOPE

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Nadege’s 4th Annual “Breakfast with Santa” is TOMORROW! We’re only one sleep away before we welcome the community to join us to restore Ho Ho Hope to women and their children in Haiti. Join us Saturday, December 8th at Oakbrook Church to grab a picture with Santa & Mrs. Clause, visit live reindeer, get your face painted, and peruse the raffle items and Nadege Store. Tickets are available here.

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in prayer for the “Breakfast with Santa” committee and volunteers. Those elves have been busy this week preparing for your arrival. While you’re praying, please keep our upcoming teams in prayer as they gear up for trips to visit the safe house in Haiti. They will be finishing the interior of the building before we open this Spring!

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are incredibly thankful for God’s safety and provision for our most recent team trip to Haiti. Protests and crazy weather raged throughout parts of Haiti, making travel difficult, but God’s hand was in it all and everyone made it home safe and sound.

5. Weekly Words:

Reflecting on the holidays can encompass many thoughts and emotions. We pray these words from Paul will ring true for you:

“May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

A God of the Impossible

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When we set out to hire a Clinical Director in Haiti, our description of the ideal candidate was extensively long. Many advised us to lower our standards— to hope for the best but to set more realistic expectations. We tend to struggle in setting realistic expectations, mostly because we believe strongly in a God who promises to do the impossible. As always, He delivered and more than exceeded our expectations.

Meet Dr. Jeff Matherson Cadichon. He was born and raised in Port-de-Paix, Haiti and received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Burgundy in France. A few months prior to posting this position, we sat down with the President of the Haitian Psychological Association to connect and inform her about the vision of Nadege as well as to discuss our ongoing staffing needs. She highly recommended Jeff for the Clinical Director position due to working with him on a research project to determine the post-traumatic effects of the 2010 earthquake on Haitian women and adolescent girls.

Let me pause for a moment and say that we fully expected to hire a woman to fill this position. Our highest priority as an organization is to protect the women we will serve. We understand the possibility of re-triggering individuals who have experienced traumatic events at the hands of men, and how the very presence of a man can result in flashbacks and other post-traumatic symptoms.

However, the reality is these symptoms will occur at some point in the healing process, whether it’s during the treatment process or once they begin a new life outside of the house. We would rather those symptoms occur while women live in the house so their care team can work to address them together and teach them healthy coping strategies to practice in a clinical setting.

That being said, Jeff’s role will involve overseeing the clinical staff— all of which will be female. The clinical staff will have one-on-one interactions with the women and their children. If Jeff needs to meet with a woman, her assigned counselor will be in the room in order to provide the highest quality of care possible.

We also love the idea of a strong male presence at Nadege because we strongly believe that the work done at our safe house only treats a symptom of a bigger problem in Haiti. In order for lasting change to occur, we must be a part of infiltrating a culture, which will involve educating men on how to treat women. The best candidate to address this deep seeded issue is other men. We are convinced that the eradication of sexual violence in our world must include the advocacy efforts of both women AND men.

We are excited to welcome Jeff to the team. He loves God and people well and has a passion for restoring HOPE to women in his home country. His list of credentials is impressive, but it was his passion, collaborative spirit and desire to see real change take place in Haiti that made hiring him an easy decision, while also serving as a reminder that nothing is impossible with God!

#fivethingsfriday: Big Things to Come

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

As you are reading this, Emily Hays and Beth Waterman are in Haiti meeting with the new Clinical Director of Nadege! They will be training, brainstorming and sharing vision for the beautiful women that will be living at the safe house. Stay tuned for the “big reveal” introduction to the new director.

2. Prayer Request:

As the Safe House is nearing completion, we are preparing to send teams to Haiti to complete construction. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as we assemble teams, and for safety and provision while traveling. Also, please keep Emily and Beth in your prayers as they are traveling this week.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

4. Thankful Thoughts:

Have you heard the great news? The 3rd Annual Restored Gala raised above and beyond our goal this year!! Thanks to the generosity of so many, we were able to raise $102,000 to run operations of the Safe House next year! Thank you for all of the love, support and prayers covering this event!

5. Weekly Words:

In reflection of our Restored Gala, we revel in the fact that God has been in this journey from the beginning. He is worthy of our praise.

“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” - Deuteronomy 10:21

#fivethingsfriday: Gearing up for the Gala

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

The 3rd annual Restored Gala is only 36 days away!!! Mark your calendars for September 22nd, and join us as we celebrate Hope Restored! This year's Gala will help fund operational costs of the safe house. Come see how our restorers have turned something broken into something beautiful! Get your tickets here

2. Prayer Request:

Will you join us in prayer for our restorers as they continue to transform their items as well as fundraise for the Gala? We are so excited to see how God will use these once broken items to restore hope to the beautiful women of Haiti. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are so thankful to welcome Amy Roe to the Nadege team this month. She will be joining us on a part-time basis to help with all the things. Amy was one of a handful of people who literally prayed Nadege into existence, and now her timing could not be more perfect as her MANY strengths are directly in line with our current needs as an organization. Welcome to the team, Amy!

5. Weekly Words:

"Difference through the lens of fear is a threat, but through the eyes of faith is a gift." - Danielle Strickland

#hoperestorers - Sophie + Adrianne

July 8, 2018

Say hello to our interns:

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1. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME + NICKNAMES?

Sophie: Sophie Nicole Frazier, but I go by Sophie.

Adrianne: Adrianne Savannah Gamester. Sav, Savvy, or my favorite: Savadrianne. 

2. WHAT COLLEGE DO YOU ATTEND?

Sophie: Huntington University 

Adrianne: University of Evansville for 2 years, IUK for 2 years. 

3. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

Sophie: A mental health counselor

Adrianne: Communications research and possibly strategic planning for organizations 

4. WHAT IS YOUR HIDDEN TALENT?

Sophie: Knitting

Adrianne: Cooking like I'm on "Chopped"

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMERTIME MEMORY?

Sophie: Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Adrianne: Going to Sicily and Italy with my mom

6. WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST ITEM ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Sophie: To see all the seven wonders of the world

Adrianne: To visit Anarctica

7. WHAT IS THE BEST KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE YOU KNOW?

Sophie: "I know a great Knock Knock joke!" "Ok, tell me." " All right. You start." "Ok, Knock knock!" "Who's there?"

Adrianne: "Knock, knock?" "Who's there?" "A little old lady." "A little old lady who?" "All this time, I had no idea you could yodel." 

8. WHAT DANCE MOVE CAN YOU TOTALLY ROCK?

Sophie: The robot

Adrianne: The floss

9. WHAT RAD EXPRESSION DID YOU OVERUSE IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Sophie: Salty

Adrianne: Gucci

10. OUT OF ALL THE INTERNSHIPS YOU COULD HAVE CHOSEN, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NADEGE?

Sophie: I have always had a passion for Haiti and human trafficking, so Nadege was a perfect fit for me.

Adrianne: The passion, drive, and mission of it all.

Hope Restorers

As we prepare for the third annual Restored Gala (details here), we would like to highlight a group of people who are making this event possible: our Hope Restorers. This team will be returning a "hopeless" object into something beautiful and new. Additionally, they have each pledged to either raise $1,000 for Nadege or recruit 3 monthly donors. This will all be matched by a generous donor. We truly believe the Restorers + the Match + the Restored Gala will help us tangibly restore hope to survivors of sexual violence in Haiti.

Our Hope Restorers are listed below.  You can click on their names to read a bit more about them* and the item they have chosen to restore.

*Some profiles are under construction and will be made available once they are complete.

#fivethingsfriday: New Seasons

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Although it's months away, we've already started gearing up for our 3rd annual Restored Gala. Mark your calendars for September 22nd at the Hobson. This year's Gala will help fund the operational costs of the safe house once it officially opens in 2019. If you or someone you know loves to make old things new again, we are still looking for three restorers to join the team. Those interested can fill out a form here.

2. Prayer Request:

We currently have two separate teams developing curriculum: one is focused on mental health and the other spiritual development. Will you join us in asking God to lead both teams as they seek to join Him in restoring hope to women in Haiti?

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts

As Nadege continues to grow, our workload continues to increase which is why we are so thankful to welcome two new college interns to the team this summer. They begin next week, and we are overflowing with excitement! 

5. Weekly Words

"Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners of HOPE. Even now I announce that I will RESTORE twice as much to you." -Zechariah 9:12 (the verse for this year's Restored Gala)

 

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#fivethingsfriday: Hope Multiplied

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

We are in the process of hiring our first full-time employee in Haiti. The opening is for a Clinical Director who will oversee the mental health department of our aftercare facility. In order to fund the staff team in Haiti as well as the women and children who will soon occupy the house, we are looking for Hope Multipliers to become monthly sponsors at $40 a month (which equates to about two drinks at Starbucks or one meal at McDonald's per week)- not a lot when you consider the restorative impact of those dollars!

2. Prayer Request:

Will you join us in asking God for wisdom, discernment and the right connections as we hire a Clinical Director? This position will be vital in ensuring quality care to the future women and children of Nadege.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts

There is so much to be thankful for in this season of building. Just over two and half years ago, Nadege was only an idea. Today, steel beams are joining to form a location where hope will be restored for years to come. This was all made possible by a God who does the impossible and generous donors and volunteers who have stepped up to be a part of the solution. 

5. Weekly Words

"God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or imagine." -Ephesians 3:20

#fivethingsfriday: Blocks of Hope

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Our team recently returned from an amazing trip to Haiti full of pursuing partnerships, connecting to other NGOs and witnessing the beginning phases of construction (see picture below) happen on our land. Another team will leave for Haiti next week to continue overseeing construction. This is a busy season for Nadege, and we're loving every minute.

2. Prayer Request:

Our curriculum team is ramping up to develop a culturally-sensitive mental health program. Will you pray for wisdom and progress as well as continued connections to counselors and social workers in Haiti?

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

To see a dream becoming a reality has us feeling all the feels. We are thankful for every block, the construction team (Haitian & American), and every dollar donated that is now transforming this land into a place of hope and restoration. What a beautiful story God is writing through Nadege! 

5. Weekly Words

"God's faithfulness means that He will always do what He said and fulfill what He has promised." -Wayne Grudem

#fivethingsfriday: Home Sweet Home

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

We are excited to announce that as of yesterday BOTH containers (full of building materials) reached our land. Although this process has been longer than expected, the timing is actually perfect because we have a team traveling to Haiti next week to meet with our Haitian engineer to oversee the start-up of construction. We will then leave the exterior build-out in the hands of a very talented Haitian team!

2. Prayer Request:

We are embarking on a new season of building, strategizing and planning and could use a few extra prayers for wisdom, discernment, provision and divine appointments. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts

We are incredibly thankful for all of the hard work of our Board Chairman in Haiti, Guy (pictured above), for the tireless work he has put into getting those shipping contaners out of port. Within the last month, he has made multiple 6-hour (round trip) drives to our land, saved us $4,000 in custom fees and managed the logistics of getting the containers to our land. Employee of the month, for sure!

5. Weekly Words

"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." -Proverbs 16:9

#fivethingsfriday: Port-au-Priceless

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

After some delays in Miami, the building will be shipped this weekend and arrive in Port au Prince, Haiti on January 23rd. This means the materials that make up the safe house will likely reach our land a few days later. A few Nadege board members will take a trip to Haiti shortly thereafter to get the ball rolling on construction. We've never been more excited about a container full of steel! 

2. Prayer Request:

Please continue to pray for the construction process to go smoothly + safe travels and divine appointments for our construction teams.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

  This is how we envision the building reaching our land-- with a woman overseeing the logistics :)

This is how we envision the building reaching our land-- with a woman overseeing the logistics :)

4. Thankful Thoughts

As we prepare year-end giving statements (they will reach your mailboxes soon!), we are so thankful for the outpouring of generosity in 2017. Nadege is on the brink of building a safe house where hope and healing will take place for survivors of sexual violence in Haiti because of YOUR faithful support. Thank you for making this dream a reality!

5. Weekly Words

"Now is the time to make justice a reality for God's children" --Martin Luther King Jr.

#fivethingsfriday: Shipping Hope

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

A few months ago, we announced that we had purchased the building package for the safe house. We are happy to report it should arrive in Haiti by early January! This means construction can begin shortly thereafter, bringing us one step closer to seeing hope restored for women in Haiti.

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in praying the construction process goes smoothly. Groups will be traveling to and from Haiti throughout 2018 to oversee and assist in the building process. Will you also pray for safe travels and for God to break their hearts for what breaks His?

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

   After our most successful Breakfast with Santa to date (Thank You!), Guy, our board chair in Haiti, was able to share about a recent experience at Nadege's land with Oakbrook Church.        4.  Thankful Thoughts :  We are incredibly thankful to every single person who made Breakfast with Santa a success. The event grossed over $21,000 due to the generosity of so many of YOU. From our amazing sponsors to every attendee to the hard work from our committee and volunteers, we are oozing with gratitude for the opportunity to not only put dollars toward safe house operations, but to also bring joy and hope to our local community.   5.  Weekly Words :   "With Jesus on your side, you don't need anything else." -Guy Robert Dosseus

After our most successful Breakfast with Santa to date (Thank You!), Guy, our board chair in Haiti, was able to share about a recent experience at Nadege's land with Oakbrook Church. 

 

4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are incredibly thankful to every single person who made Breakfast with Santa a success. The event grossed over $21,000 due to the generosity of so many of YOU. From our amazing sponsors to every attendee to the hard work from our committee and volunteers, we are oozing with gratitude for the opportunity to not only put dollars toward safe house operations, but to also bring joy and hope to our local community. 

5. Weekly Words

"With Jesus on your side, you don't need anything else." -Guy Robert Dosseus

#fivethingsfriday: All Things Christmas

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Our third annual Breakfast with Santa is quickly approaching. This year we're pulling out all of the stops with Santa and his reindeer (obviously), face painting, cookie decorating, ornament making, a balloon twister and so much more. We are super excited to bring a little Haiti to Kokomo with a Haitian dance team, fanal creating (creole for lighthouse) and a visit from our Haitian board chair, Guy Robert Dossous. See the video below to meet Guy and join us on December 9th from 9-11am at Oakbrook Church

2. Prayer Request:

Will you join us in praying for Breakfast with Santa? We're asking God to bring so much joy to our local community while providing #HoHoHOPE to survivors of sexual violence. Every dollar raised will go toward operating the safe house in Haiti.

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are beyond words thankful for the opportunity to embark on our next step of building a safe house. God has provided in amazing and surprising ways through so many of you. In two short years, we've bought land, built a security wall, purchased a building package and now very soon women will walk through the gates of Nadege to enter into a new life of restoration. Thank YOU for helping to make HOPE happen!

5. Weekly Words

"The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing one anothers' loads and supplanting empty hearts with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays."  -W.C. Jones

#SpotlightSunday: Lindsay Bollhoefer

Say hello to Lindsay Bollhoefer! She is the mother of three little boys. Her husband is in the army, and she teaches music at Northwestern Elementary. In her spare time, she enjoys adventuring with her boys, and singing and playing piano in the worship team at Oakbrook. Read more below about her love for Nadege's mission, and her excitement leading up to the Restored Gala.


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1. In three words describe yourself.

So hard! I asked my husband to answer this and he sent me a list of ten words, so i chose from that. He said that I'm adventurous, intelligent and abnormal.


2. What does hope mean to you?

The time that I've spent working on my Restored piece has become a time of meditation on hope and all that Nadege is going to do. I think about how I can spread the word about Nadege and its message of hope. For me, hope is faith in a brighter future. It's a reason to wake each morning and greet the day with optimism. 


3. What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti?

I am so blessed to be able to follow my dreams in this life. I can have a career that I love, provide for my family, and pursue the things I am passionate about, all because I live in a place where I am valued. I want every woman to feel valued and have a chance at living the life that she deserves. That is what drives me to help Nadege's mission. 


4. Our theme for the Gala is Isaiah 61:3. How have you witnessed "beauty coming from ashes" in your own life or the lives of others?

It was difficult for us to conceive our first son, and I was emotionally in a low place. For a year we watched others have children or become pregnant, and it was very hard to be excited for them or enjoy babies. Finally, after much prayer, we met our son, Holden. If there is anything more beautiful than the birth of a child, I don't know what it would be. The gift of a new life is truly a miracle, and a gift from God.


5. What is your hidden talent?

Well I don't know that I have any "hidden" talents. Music is my talent; I sing and play the clarinet and piano. 


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Lindsay and her boys


 Her restored piece....can you guess what the final product will be? ;)

Her restored piece....can you guess what the final product will be? ;)

#SpotlightSunday: Nancy & Kendra

Say hello to Nancy Bayer and Kendra Bayer-Foreman- a mother-daughter artist team!  Nancy is a retired public school art teacher.  Kendra gives art lessons and holds art workshops for students in both Tipton and Kokomo.  She is also the creative force behind Handbags for Healing. The creative duo is currently working on giving new life to a set of 4 discarded chairs.  Read more below about Nancy and Kendra's powerful words on hope and their belief that "helping women find their beauty again, giving hope to the hopeless, and a future walking with the Lord" is the heart of Nadege.


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1. In three words describe yourself.

Nancy: Creative, Enthusiastic, Hardworking. 

Kendra: Creative, Compassionate, Driven


2. What does hope mean to you?

Believing something better is possible and coming! We are both very optimistic people.


3. What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti?

Nancy: Our family has been involved with different mission organizations in Haiti for many years. we knew about the poverty, the voodoo practices, the lack of educational opportunities and the need for a life-changing meeting with Jesus. We recently have worked with Curtis Stout on a Bible-based art curriculum for Project 117. When we heard from Emily about the hopeless condition of many women in Haiti we wanted to use our art talents to help be restorers of hope to these women.

Kendra: I desire to be apart of making life better for these women.


4. Our theme for the Gala is Isaiah 61:3. How have you witnessed “beauty coming from ashes” in your own life or the lives of others?

Nancy: I personally have known many women whose life journeys have led them through really hard situations- abuse, disease, marital issues, mental illness, death, addiction, etc. I've seen over and over again how knowing Christ and experiencing the power of God's love has enabled them to go through the worst and come out on the other side bruised but not broken- beauty from ashes.

Kendra: The older I get the more evidence I see of God's bigger picture...answered prayers, ripple effects, assurance that all things work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose.


5. What is your hidden talent?

Nancy: I can still speak a little high school Spanish.

Kendra: I can sing two notes at the same time...it is not pretty.

#SpotlightSunday: Julie Baldini

Say hello to Julie Baldini. This is her second year restoring an item for the Restored Gala. She is a mom to three, passionate about serving the next generation and an advocate for HOPE everywhere she goes. We can't wait to see how she takes this small rocking chair and restores it into an item children will be using for years to come. Support Julie's campaign here and learn more about her in this week's #SpotlightSunday. 


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1. In three words describe yourself.

Winsome, fun, loving


2. What does hope mean to you?

Hope is a feeling down deep in your soul that gives you the confidence to courageously face each day!


3. What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti?

My heart aches for anyone living in hopeless situations. I have become educated about the number of victims of gender based violence in Haiti through the founders of Nadege, and I want to play my part in restoring hope to those victims.


4. Our theme for the Gala is Isaiah 61:3. How have you witnessed “beauty coming from ashes” in your own life or the lives of others?

During my last trip to Haiti, I met 3 girls at a children's home who were displaced from their home after their mother committed suicide. These girls have experienced the most unimaginable circumstances, but they are finding joy each new day in their new home. Because of their new circumstances, these girls have a safe home and food to eat every day. They will receive an education, and most importantly they will hear about a God who loves them and will never leave them.


5. What is your hidden talent?

I have what they call a green thumb when it comes to growing plants and flowers.


 A sneak peek to the piece Julie is restoring for the Restored Gala.

A sneak peek to the piece Julie is restoring for the Restored Gala.

#SpotlightSunday: Dea & Doug Mygrant

Meet Doug and Dea Mygrant. They are crafty, hospitable and promotors of hope. This year they are lending their talents to nadege by restoring this old piece of barn wood into a beautiful farm house table. Don't miss your chance to bid on the finished product at the Restored Gala on 9/23. Until then, scroll down to learn more about this amazing couple and support their campaign here.


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1. In three words describe yourself.

The three words to describe Doug are creative, jokester and taskmaster. The 3 words to describe Dea are encouraging, outgoing, and animal lover (especially dogs).


2. What does hope mean to you?

Hope to us means bringing joy into the world by being kind to people and letting them know you care.  


3. What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti?

It is a small way to help for those who so desperately need our help, and we love to restore old pieces or make pieces into something new and fun.


4. Our theme for the Gala is Isaiah 61:3. How have you witnessed “beauty coming from ashes” in your own life or the lives of others?

We witness beauty coming from the ashes every day in our lives because we mess up every day and we can ask for Gods grace in our lives and share it with others. What a beautiful truth that is!


5. What is your hidden talent?

Doug's hidden talent is that he has installed two in-ground pools in our homes all by himself and loves doing multiple projects around the house. Dea's hidden talent is that she loves painting furniture and making it look completely different without going out and buying new pieces.

#SpotlightSunday: Melissa Ryan

Say "hi" to Melissa Ryan: a mother, empathetic "rebel," and restorer of HOPE. We love that immediately after hearing the mission of Nadege, she was ready and willing to restore hope in whatever way possible. Learn more about Melissa below and support her campaign here.


1. In FOUR words describe yourself. 

I am a rebel.


2. What does hope mean to you? 

Hope is a belief in a better tomorrow.


3. What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti? 

The thought of what the women there have gone through is unfathomable to me.  I can't imagine being able to listen to any of their stories and NOT wanting to help, in ANY way possible!  I think we all forget at times how good we have it here and we need to band together to make a difference.


4. Our theme for the Gala is Isaiah 61:3. How have you witnessed “beauty coming from ashes” in your own life or the lives of others? 

I have seen two of my nephews start to grow into fantastic young men, while faced with every adversity you could imagine.  


5. What is your hidden talent? 

I couldn't figure this one out, so I asked my husband what he thought.  He told me that my hidden talent is empathy.  He also stated it is my biggest fault at times :)

                                   Melissa and her family, including their "daughter" from Brazil!

                                  Melissa and her family, including their "daughter" from Brazil!

#SpotlightSunday: Morgan Young

Say hello to Morgan Young- mentor, pastor, and restorer! Through his love for helping others, Morgan is restoring a piece for the Restored Gala this year. He currently is a pastor at Oakbrook, facilitator of the Kokomo Schools CEO program, and is a co-owner of Main Street Café with his wife, Sandra. Prepare to be inspired by Morgan's wise words about giving, miracles, and restoring hope in Haiti. 


1. In three words describe yourself.

Creative. Insightful. Introvert. 

 Morgan with the piece he is restoring!

Morgan with the piece he is restoring!


2. What does hope mean to you?

It's the power of possibility. The incentive to try again. The excuse to strive for something better. The fuel to fulfill our potential.


3. What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti?

My friend, Julie Baldini, whom I've served with in Haiti twice, kindly suggested I get involved and since I already believed in what Nadege is doing, it made sense. God used Julie to nudge me ;-)


4. Our theme for the Gala is Isaiah 61:3. How have you witnessed “beauty coming from ashes” in your own life or the lives of others?

Absolutely. I never knew faith or church as a child; I came to know Jesus as an adult. So my life was ashes! I've seen God take people's addictions, horrible marriages, abuse, loss, bad choices and make beautiful things through His miraculous relationship of grace. Walking miracles are all around us!


5. What is your hidden talent?

I'm a teen-whisperer ;-) God has shown up in powerful ways just the last couple years as I've worked with high school seniors, mentoring them through the Kokomo CEO entrepreneurship class. Never saw myself doing this--what's a guy my age doing with high school seniors? ;-)

#SpotlightSunday: Marcy Kistler

Meet Marcy Kistler: a mother, artist, and restorer! Through her creative thinking and love for shopping, Marcy will be putting on a special event: Shop for a Cause. It will help with her reach her fundraising goal for the Restored Gala. Read more about Marcy and her love for helping others!

1. In three words describe yourself.

Ambitious, loving and understanding


2. What does hope mean to you?

Hope means never giving up, always seeing the value in a new day with new opportunities 


3.  What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti?

The women in Haiti need a voice. I saw the need and how I can help, so I couldn't say no. Every effort, big or small, plays a part in making a huge difference in someone's life and participating in the restored gala is one small way I can help make a big impact! 


4. We love the creative way you are fundraising for the Gala. Please tell us about Shop for a Cause. 

I love to shop!! I love spending time with fun people who make me feel happy. So when given the fundraising challenge for the gala, I wanted to make it fun and give some amazing ladies the opportunity to share their businesses with others while being able to play their small part in making a difference. I thought there was no better way than to have a shopping event! Some of the area's best boutiques will be there along with jewelry, make-up, custom-made accessories & decor and even healthy living products! There will be a silent auction as well! It's going to be such a fun night. It's August 3rd at Oakbrook Church from 5:30-7:30.


5.  What is your hidden talent?

Decorating on a budget, whether it be shopping for awesome deals or restoring old furniture or junk! I've been known to pick things up from the curb on trash day....please don't judge! Those things have turned out to be my best projects!!