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TO EVERY SEASON – Voice Of The Township

Recently an employee experienced the passing of her father. When someone I know loses a parent, I think about the loss of my parents. Some of the words to “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds pop into my mind, “To everything, there is a season… A time to be born, a time to die… A time to plant, a time to reap… A time to laugh, a time to weep… A time to dance, a time to mourn… A time of war, a time of peace.

Most of us view achievements as great and joyous moments in time, and adversities as time we may prefer to forget. Some of the things I love to remember are having a childhood sweetheart, getting engaged and married, having children, obtaining various jobs, and becoming the Trustee of Wayne Township. I remember performing in plays at Sunday school, learning and performing holiday speeches at our church programs, and winning basketball games. I especially remember my mother working with me and my siblings to get our parts in speeches and plays in perfect order. These are times that I love to remember, because they bring me joy. I was so very happy when my parents were spending time with me.

My mother died when I was a teenager. A few years later, when I was in my early twenties, my brother died in an auto accident. There is a time to weep and mourn. I suffered tremendously; it almost was too much for me to bear. I missed them terribly. With the passage of time and the help of others, the pain subsided. I was able to focus on the sweet memories I had of my mother and brother, and focus less on the loss of them. I began to be at peace.

I have seen clients who suffer with losses, and need our help. At the Township we have been able to assist many clients with the death of a loved one. When a client can’t afford the expense of a burial for a loved one, we can provide for the burial. A client may need appropriate attire to attend a funeral. We were honored once to provide clothing for family members attending a funeral, as well as clothing for the deceased. The apparel came from our clothing Emporium, which stocks lightly used clothing. We provide both adult and children clothes and shoes. If you would like to donate some gently used items, bring them to the Township Office at 320 E Superior Street, or if needed, call us at (260) 449-7000 for us to pick them up.

We also provide clients with attire for interviews. We reserve our better suits for clients with interviews. When clients are seeking employment, not only do we assist with clothing, we assist them with completing their resumes. Our Employment Center displays open employment positions on our Board of Opportunity in our lobby. If you know of job openings in our area, call our office and let us know so that we can share the information with our clients.

Sometimes we assist clients in their victories and losses by offering words of solace or encouragement. It results in emotional support for the client, and all it costs is a little time.

We revel when there is a time of birth, a time to dance, a time to laugh, a time of peace, and a time that we reap the wonderful things we have sowed. We survive during times of death, mourning, weeping, war, and other bad times, with the help of others.

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Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson was elected Trustee in November of 2006 and took office in January of 2007. He is very passionate about helping those in need and considers it a privilege to be in a position to be able to help. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer