Letters From Those We Have Helped

The Whisper in Your Ear
by Dan Hastings
The whisper in your ear
the belief to do what's right
the call to service
to give someone light
To be a helping hand
or comforting warm embrace
the desire to bring joy
and a smile to someone's face
The ability to give
to the sick, homeless and poor
is our call to service
like God's open door
Remember all God's children
every child, woman and man
strive to be more a part
of His almighty plan
As with all things under heaven
and I know this to be true
when you help another soul
that soul helps you.
"I would like to thank everyone from the Code Blue Program for their help and moral support during a very difficult time in my life.  I can not say enough good things about these caring and respectful people.  Not only was I given a hot meal and a warm place to sleep but also moral support and hope that tomorrow may be a better day."
                                        - Douglas
 ..."It is safe to say that without the help of these individuals and groups, it is highly likely that I wouldn’t be alive today; they literally saved my life and for this I will be eternally grateful."
                                             - Steve

Dear Penny,

I want to thank you and all those who came together to assist Michael to help him in his time of need. He has been able to maintain his rent in the Recovery House since you all were so generous with your assistance. Michael is now registered to return to college for this fall semester and is taking a certificate program that once completed will permit him to be self-sufficient. You came together to trust, and help when no one else would offer assistance. Sincere thanks to you for your kindness.

Please keep Michael in your prayers,(and me too).

Thank you,


..."We had no money, and no where to go.  My husband got laid off from his job and I had exhausted all of my unemployment benefits.  It all ahppened so fast and before we knew it we had depleated all of our savings.  We were headed for complete disaster.  We called The Red Cross and they told us about "Code Blue"...Because of all of the volunteers and their compassion and dedication, my husband and I have a 2nd chance and to start over.  God Bless each and every one of you and please know we will always remember all of you and will keep you in our prayers!"
                                        - Vicky and Joshua
"I've worked with AHTN for a couple of months , but I did not come to AHTN as a volunteer at first.  My life, until a couple of years ago, was pretty good. I had a good job, able to support myself and my son, had my own apartment and a great family.  Suddenly I got laid-off from my job for reasons beyond my control. Suddenly my mom got sick and died and not long after, my stepfather developed heart problems and died. As an only child, I had no family left. I developed a serious blood clot in my leg and was hospitalized. I moved in with a friend to share housing expenses as she was in the same boat as I was. But it did not work out, and I ended up in a motel, which was a disaster and one of the most scariest things I have ever experienced.  Sgt. Clark of the New Falls Police Department , put me in touch with my now Pastor of my church, who in turn put me in touch with AHTN.
AHTN called me right away and put me in touch with many agencies to help me. Penny called everyday to make sure we had everything we needed as well as offered support and just listened to me if I needed support. She did not condemn me or put me down, she just listened and offered advice.  Today, I have my own apartment , which I can afford, and I still have blood clotting issues and still unemployed because of the economy, I am at more peace within myself than I have been in a long time. My son has a stabilized life again and we don't have to live in fear of being homeless again. Even though it never leaves the back of your head, I now have the resources that it WILL NEVER happen again.
I began volunteering at AHTN because I saw the good things first hand that they do for people. Someone donated a laptop to them, in which they presented to me to brush up on my computer skills, so I can get a good job. I thought what a better way than volunteering at AHTN and brush up on my skills at the same time. It was a way for me to give back to them for all they have done for me. I admit when talking to people now who need my help, I realize that I wasn't as bad off as most of them. I am one of the lucky ones who found AHTN early enough in my situation, that it didn't get as bad as it could have. I love volunteering for them and the good feeling I get when they thank me and knowing I have helped them is a feeling I cannot describe.  Most importantly, AHTN volunteers started out as my advocates, now they are truly my friends. They don't judge me and like me for who I am. I don't know what I would do without them in my life."

Theresa helps take calls from those in need on the AHTN phone line.  You may also know her from Code Blue - she makes the confirmation calls.