KenCrest was founded by a Lutheran Deaconess in 1905 to serve our neighbors. We are a proud member of LSA, Lutheran Services in America. LSA organizations touch 1 in 50 lives in the United States. Lutherans work hard for social justice as if it depends on them. Lutherans pray like it depends on God.
KenCrest has this same endurance and care to serve our neighbors as well. We have provided much needed services in our communities for almost 112 years. An organization’s character is defined by how it works through challenges, by the dedication of the staff, the achievement of the people whose lives were touched, by the courage of the board, by the vision which inspires them. That character is producing hope. It needs to bring that hope to the people who are missed.
In 1955, the leadership of KenCrest was faced with a dilemma. Our first hope was for people living with tuberculosis, and then the disease was cured. We continued to try to fill the needs of those who needed help. Today, we see another need, and it’s those who are waiting. The PA Waiting List campaign reports that we are waiting for services. What we know about those people is that others may be waiting and needing and do not know how to get on the list, or that there is even a list to pursue.
Whose job is it to serve those who wait? Some would say it’s the government’s job. The government’s response is there is not enough money. Others would say, let those people help themselves. People would say that we can’t do everything on our own. These extremes of thinking serve no one.
Try a new formula; it is everyone’s job to do something.
Government: Make it easy to find help and make new options easy to try. We need to meet people before there is a crisis. We need to fund new service ideas, those which look promising to lower cost and raise quality.
Nonprofits: Move out of your comfort zone. Look for new ways to serve and pursue them. Why? Many are waiting.
Employees: Stay flexible, learn new approaches, and help others become more able
Clients: Be all that you can be, take up those new opportunities to learn, spread the word, and serve others. When you are more able to meet your own needs, the many that wait have a better chance to get the help they need.
Neighbors: Do your part to promote a safe, healthy, diverse and thriving community. Create opportunities to meet your neighbor, exchange talents, and do good things
This week, we will celebrate some of our neighbors. These folks, who we call champions, were nominated by staff for sharing their time and talents. These folks are great neighbors. They did not ask for an award. We think we need to tell their story, these stories enrich our lives, and yours too.
Click here to learn about all these champions. Visit back to see photos of our celebration.