That is something I have always strived to make sure my brother did not feel – alone. I would send him packages of candy and snacks throughout the year, in addition to visits when possible.
Some of the other guys in the home where he lived seemed without such presents and family. It made me sad each time we went inside the boarding home.
The place in Longview seems different, though. The guys there seem happy, and the woman overseeing them is extremely passionate about her job. I know her job is a difficult one, so I am thankful for her and what she does. I am thankful she helped make our Thanksgiving a homecoming.
April Barbe is editor of The Jacksonville Daily Progress. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org