Once in a while, he'll throw in something memorable, like, "Christmas is never coming! I waited for half an hour!"
And we can't even laugh, because that makes him worse.
Stranger than fiction
Union Grove, Wisconsin – A powerful storm rushed through the area at about 4:00 pm November 22, 2010 causing damage on the campus of Shepherds Ministries. Although some residents at the facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities had to be relocated to other buildings on campus, there were no reported injuries. According to Shepherds President, Dr. Bill Amstutz, "The storm warning was received, and we quickly moved all of our residents, students and staff on campus to the building basements and storm shelters which also serve as evacuation centers when severe weather is forecast.” Dr. Amstutz also shared that at the main building on campus - the Wood Center - a gas leak developed which caused the evacuation of residents and staff there to other buildings on campus. "We were surprised at the damage on campus as we have survived tornado warnings in the past but have never experienced any significant damage to buildings, storage sheds, greenhouse, some vehicles and trees that occurred with this sudden storm,” added Dr. Amstutz. Area Fire Departments were on hand at Shepherds to assist with monitoring the gas leak and other potential problems until the power was restored. All power was restored by 11 pm Monday evening so residents and staff were able to return to the Wood Center, having been temporarily relocated for their safety to other buildings on campus during the evening. Facilities Administrator and local planning council member Owen Lackey reported, "There was damage to several windows and doors, some roof damage, several trees toppled and storage sheds overturned.” Mr. Lackey also shared, "Complete assessment of damages continues, and we expect repairs to be completed within a short time with no relocation of residents, students or staff required.” Full assessment of the damage will take place during daylight on Tuesday November 23. Shepherds Ministries has been at the Union Grove, Wisconsin location since 1964 and provides spiritual, residential, vocational and recreational programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In 2008, Shepherds added a new educational program for young people with intellectual disabilities called Shepherds College. There are currently 130 full-time residents located on the campus along with 26 students in the new college program. For more information, contact Shepherds at 262-878-5620.
"If you attend some house of worship, I'd really love to know how it handles kids with special needs. If you don't know, could you do me a favor and ask someone? I have a couple of reasons for asking this favor: First of all, I'm curious about the various ways this is handled and looking for ideas. Secondly, I think that the more people ask this question, the more likely the issue is to be addressed."I hadn't yet found her blog when she posted this, but I think it's worth discussing, and I promised to fill you in on how things were going with GL and his volunteers.
"If you attend some house of worship, I'd really love to know how it handles kids with special needs. If you don't know, could you do me a favor and ask someone? I have a couple of reasons for asking this favor: First of all, I'm curious about the various ways this is handled and looking for ideas. Secondly, I think that the more people ask this question, the more likely the issue is to be addressed."Please pass this on to your friends, post it on your blog, Facebook, wherever, and report back the responses. I'd really like to hear the discussion. And read the Broadfoot family's continuing story, Can I use miles to pay for my spiritual journey?