We are Jon and Crystal. Our story is perhaps different than most. We are at the Mission because we had nowhere else to go. Through a variety of circumstances, our kids were taken away from us, and now we are fighting to get them back. Now that we’re here at Holland Rescue Mission, we feel we have a better chance of being reunited with our family.
If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know how it would feel not to have those you love with you. We used to live in a nice house, and things were going pretty well for our family. But life caught up with us, and we are now reliant on the generosity of others.
We know our family will be together again soon
Jon is legally blind and totally deaf in one ear, but he enjoys singing, especially Gospel music. Whenever he sings, I can see how relaxed he becomes. I do know he misses his guitar, and hopefully he will get another one soon. People often ask me what it’s like to marry someone who is blind. I can just tell you when you love someone, even something like blindness doesn’t bother you. We love each other, and we love our kids. Not to have them with us is painful, but we know we will be together again soon. The Mission is great
for both of us in so many ways. In fact, I have even been taking a GED course, and by the time you read this, I should have a high school diploma.
I don’t have words to describe how much we appreciate what you do for
the Mission and for us specifically. You give us the clothes on our backs,
nourishing food and shelter that is safe. I wish we could pay you back for your
kindness, but right now all Jon and I can say is thank you.
“. . . when you love someone even something like blindness doesn’t bother you.”