Honoring Those Who Made Caring House Possible
If you’ve been to Caring House recently, you’ve probably noticed a new addition in our front entryway – a tranquil fountain and the beautifully updated landscaping around it. This was a special project spearheaded by our Board of Directors, and earlier this month, we hosted a small gathering to dedicate our new Peace Fountain as a way to honor those who made Caring House possible.
Board Chair Robin Camrin and founding Board Member Dan Hudson delivered the dedication as the fountain trickled in the background. Robin began by acknowledging our volunteers, sharing that “Caring House would never have come into being without all the volunteers who began to develop what Caring House would become for the South Bay community.” She also recognized all the many volunteers who continue to dedicate their time and talents to this day. “Without those people who do it out of the kindness of their hearts, we would not be able to do this work.”
Before unveiling the plaque dedicating the Peace Fountain to all of the volunteers who created Caring House, led by Ed and Patty Long, Robin and Dan read a beautiful dedication, which we’ve included below. Robin also referenced the power of water in providing peace. “There’s something about a water feature anywhere. I live close to the ocean, and I will often go out of my way to drive along the Esplanade to get that feel of the ocean and the water. We can have that here as well with our new water feature. We’re hopeful that this brings some peace and comfort to those who enter here, and that they can enjoy the fountain, the water and the goodness that comes with it.”
We have always been grateful to have such tremendous support from the leaders in our community, and this occasion was no different. Torrance Councilmember Asam Sheikh, who represents our district, joined us for the gathering along with his wife and mother-in-law. He shared his appreciation for the support we provide to the community and the peace we provide to families. We also received a certificate from Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi in recognition and celebration of our Fountain Dedication Ceremony and with sincere appreciation for our compassion for South Bay residents. Last but far from least, Peggy Allen shared about her experience at Caring House, where her husband spent his final days. This gave everyone a first-hand glimpse into the kind of experience that those first volunteers imagined would be possible when they founded our organization nearly 20 years ago.
Peace Fountain Dedication – June 4, 2023
Read by Robin Camrin and Dan Hudson
May this occasion be a source of inspiration and re-dedication to offer peace to all who enter here.
This space is an overflowing expression of gratitude to each of the generous volunteers who created Caring House, led by Ed and Patty Long. May we always remember the people who have helped us along the way.
Each volunteer – a reflection of courage, generosity and resilience, a pool of tranquility.
May this fountain remind us of the peace that flows from cherished trust in the mission and place of Caring House. Trust from those who seek peace and healing along their journey.
May we be peace in the here and now, and meet moments of sorrow and grief with sincere listening, care.
For the tears that flow down cheeks, the hearts beyond sore – may they become a resource of strength, a gift – reminding us of our humanity, empathy and compassion. A reminder that our hearts, though sore, are still alive and capable of holding love.
May this fountain be a reminder that peace will always live at Caring House.
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