Alina grew up in the Placement Center System. When she finished at the Placement Center at Orlat she came to live at Heart of Hope’s “Home of Hope Transition Home for Young Women”. Alina was one of the less than 5% of children from Placement Centers that graduate high school and in June, after 4 years at Home of Hope, she graduated university with a degree in social work. In August Alina received a scholarship for her Masters of Social Work at the University of Bucharest and will begin in 2 weeks!
Alina spent the summer volunteering at Camp of the Good Shepherd. A very special week was the week she served with the children from Orlat – where she once had lived. The boys pictured at right currently live at Olrat.
Alina will be our guest speaker at both fundraisers and will share her testimony of abandonment, struggle, faith in Christ, and hope for the future. Please welcome this amazing young woman to the United States by attending HHMI’s ‘Open Door of Hope’ Benefit auction and dinner in either Portland, OR or Camarillo, CA.
Therapeutic Hands of Hope
At Left: Volunteer and Occupational Therapist, Jilda Veja from Vancouver, WA with children at the Prichindelul Placement Center for Children with Special Needs in Sibiu, Romania. This was Jilda’s 4th time of service to Prichindelul.
“Although the week was emotionally and physically exhausting, I am so glad I had the opportunity to volunteer again this year. It was a blessing to see how many of the children have progressed over the past year thanks to the volunteers and staff who had made time in their schedule to continue therapy plans developed by the team last year. Ema, a local volunteer, and I were able to divide our time among all 4 sections of the Placement Center; assessing and modifying current therapy plans as she will continue to volunteer her time there. We were also able to offer support to an autism specialist with children from the community and took one trip out to a village to provide support to a family with a girl who has autism. Specialists in the autism field are rare and American volunteer therapists are warmly welcomed.”
“One of my dearest memories is organizing a sensory room for the children in the infant/toddler section. I enjoyed seeing the children’s faces light up as they got to crawl around, play in the ball pit, manipulate toys, interact with others, and be able to explore while being out of their cribs where they spend the majority of their time. It is an encouragement to see young volunteers like Ema (pictured above) catch the volunteer spirit. Ema has recently graduated with a nursing degree and has volunteered this past year and plans to continue on making a difference in this overwhelmed system.” We are currently in need of items and services appropriate for our silent auctions for both the Portland and California events. Please contact Debbie Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-910-1947 Thank you for your support of Heart of Hope, providing hope for so many in need in Romania. I hope to see each of you at one of the fundraisers! Yours in Partnership, Debbie and Your HHMI Board