New Birthday, New Bethany

Growing up in my house, birthdays were huge celebrations. At 5:30 am, my entire family (all 6 siblings and of course my parents, too) would get up, light candles and come into my room singing happy birthday. Then the celebrations would begin. My mom would prepare us our favorite breakfast. “Honey Filberts,” “sticky buns” or croissants– whatever we wanted she would make (knowing that we wouldn’t eat it because of the excitement). Then we would open gifts and do everything else that comes with a birthday. But it didn’t end there. When we got to school celebrations continued with more

Back to School Blessing

This past week, we celebrated our annual Back to School party! It was a community-wide bash like never before. We broke our record for attendees and even unveiled some big new ideas for our community! The yard was full of cheerful kids screaming and running, sticky faces from snow cones, bouncy house jumpers, and taco eaters galore. Our beloved volunteer, Anne, even made homemade ice cream that some literally dreamed about that night. The backyard also featured generous donations of backpacks, clothes, and school supplies from many kind volunteers! The kids loved the new backpacks. Our staff member, Meridith, led

Summer Family Camp

We were very excited to have the opportunity to return to Procter for Family Camp this summer! We traveled up to London, OH together and geared ourselves up for a few days of fun and time spent together. It was a very busy camp this year and it was great to see familiar faces of folks we have come to know over the years of coming to camp. On the first night of camp, we were greeted with a shaving cream whiffle ball game where all families gathered to take a whack at softly pitched whiffle balls filled with shaving

Winter Wellness BINGO Concludes

As the Lydia’s House community rejoices in springtime weather with walks to Ameristop for ice cream and plans for a backyard grill out, we also have celebrated the conclusion of Winter Wellness BINGO. Winter Wellness BINGO was created as winter grey days and holidays, often a trigger for painful memories, loomed ahead. Each guest and staff member was given a BINGO card with various activities to complete over the winter months. This activity gave a language and a framework for having regular conversations about practicing coping skills, building positive relationships, and engaging in healthy leisure activities. Staff of Lydia’s House

Christmas in review

Happy New Year! We had a very busy Christmas season here at Lydia’s House and much merriment was had by all. We launched into Christmas with our annual Christmas Party. This year we hosted at the Red Balloon Cafe and Play Space in Pleasant Ridge. It was great to gather with former guests and volunteers to ring in the season! We started the night off with some lively Christmas carol singing and filling our bellies with delicious Mazunte tacos and desserts. After dinner, the kids were able to enjoy the play space and the adults had fun playing Christmas themed