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Hope Changes Frame of Reference

Dear Friends,


Back a couple of years ago, my old contractor knees and back started reminding me that I wasn’t 30 anymore, more like 70. I used to be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. These days though BEFORE I commit to getting up out of my comfy recliner and going off to do something, I sit there and do a pain check–a reference check to choose what I can and can’t do.

It’s this frame of reference, achy knees and grand plans, which I find controls my life more and more these days. Many of you folks reading this note probably also find yourselves constrained by ‘what is’ when you start wanting to go back to doing ‘what was.’

This dramatic change in my frame of reference just sort of happened by waking up a whole bunch of mornings in a row. Now diet, exercise, and lots of naps are in my power to use to adjust my frame of reference.

But a lot of the folks we serve have seen their frame of reference change radically; they have no job or place to work and may have food for the day, but what about later? Often times they have lost control over even having choices to make.

For the last 16 years, I’ve had the joy of being a part of an organization that makes a practice of offering folks choices that they can make to give themselves a broader frame of reference: enough to eat for now, a safe place to sleep, a caring heart to lean on.

With a little help from you and the great team here at the Council, we can help our clients change their frame of reference through the many services we offer. Most of all, our commitment to them is that we want to be the agent of HOPE in their lives, so that they can continue to have choices to make.


Richard Virnig


Director, Connections Handyman Service

Council of Churches of the Ozarks

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