In the bright sunshine of Sunday, May 23rd, Doors to Hope held its closing ceremony outdoors at its location at St. Simon & Jude Parish in Louisville, KY. About 50 guests including past directors, SCN Leadership, Doors to Hope volunteers, and the families served marked the end of this SCN ministry. Several speakers shared their Doors to Hope memories and how the ministry has impacted their lives. Whether it was a specific person or volunteer or special occasion or event, each person recalled the effects of those persons and connections, an unseen but powerful keepsake from Doors to Hope.

Some recalled the beginnings of this ministry and noted that the teenagers there now were only small children when Doors to Hope began. The Doors to Hope family said it was a blessing to see these children learn and grow over the years. Others noted the improvement in English-speaking skills for many of the immigrant women and families since the ministry’s inception. Guests were asked to stand up to illustrate the ministry’s impact, some stood for ESL, GED, citizenship or computer classes, and after-school tutoring.

Julissa Martinez said she is grateful for the help she and her daughter have received. “My daughter didn’t read and it was hard for her. With my English I had a hard time helping her. Thanks for all the support the Sisters gave to us. We will always be thankful.”

The afternoon wrapped up with socializing and music as guests were sent home with goody bags and backpacks, books and school supplies.

Look for more on this ministry in the next issue of The Journey magazine. For more photos from the ceremony, click here.