Fun times at Chayah House

Just thought I’d post a few pics!  I took the ladies to a jazz concert in the park and it was a beautiful night and a nice way to get outside!  The ladies have also rescued a baby bunny that was found in our backyard.  They are taking really good care of it and the bunny seems to be very content in the little caged home they have made for it outside!

Sorry if I obsess over our cat Trixie too much, but I had to throw this picture of her laying by a Bible.  It looked like she was reading it!  Too funny!

 

1 Year Later!

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Here is a link to a video made by our friend Andy.  I thought it would be nice to make a video of a couple of our women telling a little bit about themselves as a way to thank all of our supporters!  Your prayers, letters of encouragement, words of counsel, and financial support are all used to invest in these women.   Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do for us!!

Love,

Colin & Sarah

Goodbye, Megan!

Well today is Megan’s last day at the Chayah House.  I’m so sad to see her go, but she has trained me well this past year and I feel confident in moving forward with the ladies and my new co-worker Cara.  We threw a goodbye party for Megan last night.  The ladies and I wrote a song for Megan.  We had a blast decorating t-shirts, developing choreography, and collecting props for the big performance!  We closed the party last night with our song and it was a fun way to end the evening.

Open Door Womens Retreat

Well I just got back rom the Open Door Womens retreat held in Glenwood Springs, CO.  It is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Denver in the mountains.  The Chayah House women as well as myself were very excited about this retreat due to the rough week that we had, but it ended up being a disaster too!!  We were about an hour into our drive there on Friday, when it started snowing hard and visibility was getting worse and worse.  We were starting to see cars slide off the road when we found out the interstate had been closed due to a wreck.  We decided to get off an exit and get some dinner to avoid being stuck in traffic.  Meanwhile, the weather was getting worse and the interstate wasn’t opening up.  We spent another hour at a Walmart trying to decide if we should just go back home or try to make it to the retreat.  Thankfully, Megan called her cousin who has a condo in the area we were in.  We decided we did not want to risk the drive and we stayed in the condo for the night.  We made it to Glenwood Springs the next morning and were able to relax for the day, but we soon started hearing of more bad weather for Sunday.  We decided to leave first thing Sunday morning and skipped the final seminar of the retreat.  Thanksfully, the weather home was perfect and we made it home safely!  It wasn’t the most restful weekend, but we did have some good bonding time in the car!!

And then there were three…

Well we have had a good run with some consistent residents since January.  For some reason, everything came to a head on Easter Sunday and our 6 residents went down to 3.  One of the residents found out she had money stolen, went into an angry rage, and left voluntarily.  One woman was caught sneaking a man into the house, which is an automatic eviction.  The third woman decided to buy a bottle of vodka and drink all day.  It was one of the most stressful days I’ve had since living here.  I’m still exhausted.  It all started with lies and secrets.  I am realizing that when these women are being secretive and lying to staff, it allows Satan to work in the house.  It all started with one woman, lying & stealing, which ultimately turned into 3 women making bad decisions.

Professional pics!

We had a photographer offer her services to the Chayah House.  Here are some of the pics of our lovely ladies!  Our cat Trixie even posed for a pic!


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