Originally posted by Chanel on ServiceInBrockton.blogspot.com
"I’m beginning to recognize that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead but something small numerous and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row."
Over the approximately 59 days of working at the House of Possibilities, more affectionately known as the HOPe House, I have come to term magical times that happen during my workday as "Melt Your Heart Moments." For me, these moments come in the form of smiles and laughter.
But first, let me digress. For those, who don’t know, the House of Possibilities is a wonderful and magical place (I’ll probably say magical several more times in this post, so bear with me). It was founded by Paula Kavolius, who I get to work with on a daily basis. Paula is the mother of a special-needs child, and in seeing a lack of places that offer respite and relief from the challenges of around-the-clock caregiving, created a sanctuary that would offer this. Countless hours of hard work, deliberation, and perseverance later, the House of Possibilities was born. The first of its kind, the HOPe House offers several in-house programs that serves children and adults with developmental challenges, and has the unique location of being on a college campus, my alma mater, Stonehill College.