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What is UCBMA? Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association (UCBMA ) is a group of enthusiastic local merchants promoting the Union Centre community while supporting local causes. Our Mission is to promote the Union Centre Boulevard Central Business District as the business and retail center of West Chester by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new commerce within the Union Centre Boulevard corridor.

Our business partners give back to the community. Over the last three years we’ve donated $95,000 to local charities, including Companions on a Journey, who was the beneficiary of the 2019 Foot Truck Rally.

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

NOVEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

Michelle Moody | Michelle.Moody@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

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Tera Michelson

Thank You for Four Great Years AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE ENTER A SEASON OF THANKSGIVING. This is a time to reflect on all that we’re grateful for and remember our accomplishments of the past year. Each November we also celebrate the anniversary of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle, and today we are thrilled to recognize our fourth anniversary.

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I want to express my great appreciation for everyone that makes this magazine possible. Each month, West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is delivered at no cost to over

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14,000 local families thanks to the support of our advertising partners. Without them, this publication would not be possible. I want to give a HUGE thank you to our advertising partners. The best way for our readers to show their support and appreciation for each new issue is to visit our sponsoring businesses (and don’t forget to let them know you heard about them here). I also want to thank my amazing editorial team that provides the beautiful photography and heartfelt stories every month. Their talent is immense and they are also

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Lastly, I want to thank YOU—our readers. We love hearing how our stories have

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impacted you and we love learning about the wonderful things you are doing to make our community a better place. So we’d like to dedicate this issue to our readers. This month we share the inspirational stories of people and businesses in our community that are making a huge impact.

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We hope that as you read this issue, you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and experiences of your neighbors and the connections that have been made. Happy Thanksgiving,  ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NEW JERSEY | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON SOUTH CAROLINA | TENNESSEE | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019

FEATURES 16 Humble Star Local teen Lance Alexander shines in Netflix comedy

21 Inspired Local community members share their sources of inspiration and gratitude

28 Memorializing Service Honor Flight program an unforgettable journey for local military veteran

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35 Aftershocks of Love Hamilton boutique builds firm foundations in post-earthquake Haiti

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AROUND TOWN which include field trips, workshops and tours of local companies' facilities. MTCES.org

STUDENTS JOIN NATIONAL HONOR ENSEMBLES Congratulations to Isaac Yoby and Evelyn Best for being selected for the National Association for Music Educations (NAFME) National Honor Ensembles for 2019! This is an unprecedented honor for Lakota West, which has had four students in four years be selected to participate. Isaac and Evy are both part of Symphonic Winds, are both drum majors for the marching band and have both participated in OMEA All State Honor Ensembles.

VOTE FOR READERS' CHOICE AWARDS Voting for the third annual West Chester &

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Veterans Day is November 11, and we want to

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attractions that offer savings for our nation's mili-

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LOCAL SCHOOL WINS STEM AWARD Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) and four of its faculty members received the

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LAKOTA TOMAHAWKS RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY

education is both the mastery and integra-

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tion of Science, Technology, Engineering and

giving back to the community again this year. The

Mathematics for all Pre K-12 students.

boys have been working hard since July to raise

To enhance its STEM curriculum, MTCES enables

money for the local chapter of the DAV (Disabled

students to experience STEM in the real world

American Veterans). At the last home game in

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LANCE ALEXANDER IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL BOY NEXT DOOR. There’s a reason he plays a convincing good neighbor on television—it’s a role he’s been playing all of his life. Growing up in his West Chester neighborhood, he was known as a friendly, helpful and kind kid with a smile that lights up a room. Now, that same smile is lighting up screens across America in Netflix’s comedy series, “Family Reunion.” Lance’s dream of acting became a reality in 2017 when a series of encouraging contests led him to the chance to pick up an agent and pursue auditions for television work in Los Angeles. He pitched the idea to his parents, and they agreed to take a leap of faith. After a couple of years of living apart and commuting between Ohio and California, his whole family—Mom, Angela; Dad, Ernest, and older sister Gabrielle—made the move to Hollywood.  “I saw people on TV and thought, ‘I can do that!’ It looked like a lot of fun, and it is,” Lance says. “I am grateful for my family’s support. They’ve made so many sacrifices: my sister, she moved schools, my dad transferred jobs to L.A., but we are all together now,” he adds. The unique experience of chasing his dream as a 14-year-old is teaching Lance the difference between a house and a home: home is where your family is. “I miss my house!” he exclaims. “Moving from our house to a townhouse apartment and downsizing was hard for all of us. But it is most important to have a home again, not just a house,” he says.  After a stint on “Raven’s Home” and some commercials, Lance landed the role of Elvis Maybury, a likeable teen neighbor to the McKellans, an urban family that makes a cross-country move to small-town Georgia. The southern accent and antics may be exaggerated, but real-life Lance could have found himself in similar situations to Elvis any day of the week in our suburb: mowing lawns for cash, hanging out with friends at church or flirting with the new girl.  “Elvis is optimistic, fun-loving, loves God—you can find him at church every Sunday,” Lance explains. “We are very similar. Like him, I’m optimistic—with auditions, I am always hopeful that the next one will be my opportunity. And we are both entrepreneurs,” he adds with his winning smile. 

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“I SAW PEOPLE ON TV AND THOUGHT, ‘I CAN DO THAT!’”

Lance comes home to West Chester as often as his schedule allows. “It is really nice being home. I’d like to come back more often,” he explains. “I have been able to stay in touch pretty well, but it’s hard with the three-hour time difference. It helps that I get to play games like Fortnite with Ohio friends. Anytime I get a message or hear from anyone, I respond right away,” says Lance.   This summer, he came bearing gifts: a $5,000 donation to Lakota’s Union Elementary, to help renovate the Innovation Hub. The star’s former school named the video recording room after him.  “I think it’s really cool that people can create their own ads or their own commercials,” Lance says. “It gives kids like me an opportunity. It gives them a first step.” In September, Netflix announced that “Family Reunion” was renewed for a second season. That’s great news for Lance and his television family. Lance couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity. “After you go out for 100 auditions, you may not get called for even half, or even a fourth. I try to stay optimistic and ready for the next one. I am grateful,” he says.  See local teen star Lance Alexander on “Family Reunion,” now streaming on Netflix. Stay tuned for Part Two of Season One, with nine new episodes available in January, 2020. The second season will soon follow. To continue watching our humble hometown star on the rise, follow Lance on Instagram: Instagram.com/TheLanceAlexander

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ARTICLE ALEXANDRA FROST AND LAURA LEAVITT PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN—WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY AND PROVIDED

Inspired

LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS SHARE THEIR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION AND GRATITUDE WHILE THE WEST CHESTER AND LIBERTY TOWNSHIP COMMUNITIES ARE FULL OF ROLE MODELS, THESE COMMUNITY STANDOUTS HAVE EMERGED AS SOME OF OUR INSPIRATIONS. Each leader points back to the community as a source of inspiration and gratitude, proving that “it takes a village” to create a positive impact.

Red and Jo Deluse As recently-named Philanthropists of the Year by the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Red and Jo Deluse prefer to stay out of the spotlight. West Chester residents since 1968, they’ve sent thousands of children to camp and helped pay part of Lakota Participation Fees, as well as supported the local Boys and Girls Club. “The Deluse family has had a major impact in the lives of thousands of children and their families in West Chester and Liberty Townships. We are truly blessed to have them as loving and giving community members,” says Erin Clemons, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. When asked what inspires them to give back, Jo explains, “Red and I grew up in very humble times, so when we were able to, we donated what we could. We felt like we were always interested in helping the kids in the area.” They speak highly of their social and family network as a source of strength. “We have a wonderful family,” says Jo. “We have four daughters and ten grandchildren. We are all very close.” This year’s Key Event, where they received their award, was especially impactful. “We have so much to be thankful for—that’s the way I felt when we were at the Key Event,” says Jo.

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RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders RiskSource puts its mission of being guided by their moral compass into practice in the community. They’ve recently been raising money for West Chester Boys and Girls Club for technology-related creative expression, but they choose special causes and give back in many ways throughout the year. We asked RiskSource Cares Committee President Kasey Young, and RiskSource Vice President Jean Mabry what inspires them to do great work. They say, “We believe that we are servant leaders in the community, and for us, it is much more than providing insurance. We’ve been giving back for over 11 years.” “Even though we are a small group, we make a big impact: we’ve given away more than $50,000 and donated 4,000 hours of time in the community. Our leadership team allows each employee to give back 30 hours of paid time off at a registered nonprofit organization,” say members of the RiskSource team.  The team expresses gratitude, citing everything from “do-overs” to “the way we support each other” as sources of thankfulness. Common threads include gratitude for family, work, health and faith in God. 

Brenda Yablonsky One of the most inspirational youth influencers in our community, Brenda Yablonsky is the Executive Director of EDGE Teen Centers. The two teen centers, which serve the two Lakota high schools, provide mentoring relationships, community service, social activities and much more. Brenda first began her involvement by volunteering with and donating to the teen center, before becoming a board member. “I fell in love with the organization and its mission to help teens become the best version of themselves,” she says.  Brenda gives the credit back to her staff. “They are the most authentic, genuine people I know…They choose to invest their lives in walking alongside teens during what I think is one of the most amazing, and at the same time, challenging seasons of life,” she says.  Brenda draws strength from her husband and her faith.  She says, “Even when things don’t work out the way I expected, I have peace knowing I did what I thought I was meant to do at the time.”  22

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Mae and Jun McKnight Local mom of five Shannon McKnight is the proud parent of three biological children and two daughters, Mae (8) and Jun (11), adopted from China. Both girls are ordinary children with an extraordinary challenge to overcome, as they both were born with limb differences. The family moved to the West Chester area because they saw it as a “cultural and religious melting pot,” as they wanted diversity in the community in which their children grew up. “[In our previous town] people may say ‘Oh, they are handicapped.’ and I’m like ‘Really? Watch her run.’” Both girls taught themselves how to swim, then thrived with the inclusive support of the Beckett Ridge Swim Club, including the encouraging coaches and parents of other swimmers. One family even researched ways to accommodate the girls’ limb differences to level the playing field when they competed with their peers, as to not have them disqualified for issues related to their disabilities. “What’s inspirational to us is all of the people in the community who accepted our girls and love them for who they are in their hearts. People in West Chester love and accept them,” Shannon says. She is also moved by her daughters’ strength as they navigate their differences. What motivates the girls? “When I’m swimming and I come in last and see other people ahead of me, it pushes me to try even harder,” Jun says.  Mae simply answers, “Jesus.” The family has overcome their immense challenges by saying “I’ll try,” not “I can’t,” and demystifying mental health by using a counselor.  “There’s no shame in our home. We ask ‘What are you dealing with today and how are we going to work through it?’” Shannon says. “They don’t get a choice about getting up and putting on their leg and walking to the bus stop. It makes me think ‘Stop making excuses—they don’t get to.”

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Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant is the leader of Compass Christian Church in Mason, the Secretary and Acting President of the Faith Alliance of West Chester/Liberty and the Vice President of the Caring Community Collaborative (C3), an organization that brings sectors of the community together to “raise awareness of community concerns, identify needs, and build networks.” Through these roles Troy works to create conversations about mental health, substance abuse, senior needs, veteran needs and youth empowerment across various faiths and organizations in the community that typically get siloed. Troy began investing himself in communities, working alongside a 98 percent working poor African American neighborhood to secure low-income housing. He obtained his masters in divinity and social work, then his doctorate in ministry. He helped HIV-positive people, tracked welfare reform at the state level and overcame the physical challenge of living with allergies and asthma that limited his social interactions as a young person. He credits his “great cloud of witnesses” as his own source of inspiration and gratitude since he was born: family, friends, teachers, mentors and colleagues. “The challenges of an individual life are more than any one person alone can bear; I draw strength from my family and friends. The challenges of an individual household are more than any one family can bear; I draw strength from neighbors and my congregation. The challenges our community and nation is facing are more than any single group can bear alone,” he says. His partnerships with others in the Faith Alliance, C3 and the Poor People’s Campaign help him address those challenges. 24

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ARTICLE LAURA LEAVITT | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

HONOR FLIGHT PROGRAM AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY FOR LOCAL MILITARY VETERAN

WILLIAM “BILL” J. BROSS JR. SPENT FOUR YEARS

“They said, ‘Your flight will be on April 17, is that

IN THE NAVY DURING THE ERA OF THE KOREAN

okay?’ and it was more than okay; it was my 86th

WAR, FROM 1952 TO 1956. His service remains part

birthday!” says Bill.

of the many stories he has shared with his family over

Bill’s military service is chronicled on his favorite

the years. This past spring, he was honored to partici-

hat, which now sports an Honor Flight pin. He served

pate in the national Honor Flight program.

at Pearl Harbor, as well as on two different ships in

“We’ve been wanting to do this forever,” says Carol

the Navy, which traveled all around Asia. He talks

Bross-McMahon, Bill’s daughter. “He talks about his

about how the lessons he learned in the military

time in the Navy so much. We grew up knowing how

helped him throughout his life.

proud he was of his service. Now that I work on my

“You get more confident speaking up and trust-

own, I was able to get us scheduled for an Honor Flight.”

ing people,” says Bill. “It taught me that everything

The Honor Flight program provides a guided tour

doesn’t always go your way. On the good conduct

of the nation’s war memorials in Washington, D.C.,

medal, it says ‘zeal, fidelity and obedience.’ That last

for war veterans. At first, the program was offered to

one, obedience: I recognized I needed to turn my life

World War II veterans and now includes Korean War

over to the service while I was there.”

and even Vietnam War veterans. The program sets

His time in service coincided with meeting and get-

a date and schedules an entire plane full of veterans

ting engaged to his future wife, Mary. After his time in

to travel together, along with one “chaperone” each,

the military, he had a long career working at General

usually a friend or family member. The chaperones

Electric from which he is now retired. Bill and Mary have

offer companionship and make sure that the day

six children, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchil-

goes well for the veterans.

dren. To Bill’s happiness, his grandson, Lance Corporal

“My job was to be the photographer, since we didn’t want the vets to have to worry about getting photographs,” says Carol.

Nicolas Judge, serves with the U.S. Marines. “I am very proud of Nico continuing the legacy of military personnel in our family,” says Bill.

These photographs are now part of a treasured

Like many Honor Flight participants, Carol and Bill

collectible, an album assembled with notes about

both recommend it enthusiastically; the experience

each stop on the Honor Flight.

was very emotional for both of them.

“Not too many people have this,” says Bill, gesturing to his light-blue Honor Flight photo album. Bill was especially excited to get the call from Honor Flight because his flight fell on an auspicious day.

“There are other guys who deserve to do this more than me,” says Bill. “I looked out the plane window and thought, ‘Why am I being treated like a VIP?’ That’s what they made you feel like. It was so humbling.” CONTINUED >

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MEMORIALIZING SERVICE

(CON TI N U ED)

HONOR FLIGHT STOPS

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

1

feature, with plenty to see during the time

visit to the nation’s most recognizable military

that the Honor Flight visited. In particular,

cemetery, Arlington. Here, individuals who

this was Bill’s chance to remember and

lost their lives in the line of duty are given a

commemorate his two cousins, Joseph and

very solemn and meaningful consideration.

Raymond Endress, who died at the very end When Bill found out he’d been selected

this. To see all those grave markers, it’s an

for Honor Flight, he said, “I want to bring my

emotional thing,” says Bill. “Their respect

cousins with me.” So he and Carol brought

for the dead was incredible.”

their photograph with them.

of the changing-of-the-guard as one of the trip highlights.

NAVY MEMORIAL

LINCOLN MEMORIAL The day of Honor Flight is a true whirl-

Rather than being set away from the

wind, but every spot on the trip represents a moment in time for those who go. Seeing the

Navy Memorial is right in the thick of things.

larger-than-life statue of Abraham Lincoln,

“This was a highlight,” says Carol. “It’s right

for instance, was quite the mental snapshot.

the Navy sailor in his cold-weather jacket.” As Bill’s own branch of the military, this visit was a particularly meaningful addition

afternoon, we were pretty exhausted walking down those steps!” says Carol. Remembering armed conflicts of all kinds, including the Civil War, is part of this special

Force and Marine Corps memorials.

day of United States history and appreciation.

VIETNAM MEMORIAL The Vietnam Memorial offers an avant-

The Korean War Memorial was an

garde and truly breathtaking reminder of

important one for the pair, since Bill

the human toll of war, showcasing both

served during this conflict. Carol has been

the enormous amount of lives lost and

to D.C. before, but specifically avoided

the value of a single person’s bravery.

seeing this memorial so she could see it

Bill noticed, beyond the monument itself,

for the first time with her dad.

the impact of having more than 80 veter-

and you almost could see it as a flashback

ans and their chaperones there together, accompanying each other.

of walking through the fields in Korea,”

“You don’t think you leave footprints on

says Bill. “We in the Navy were brothers

this earth, but that day, we left footprints

with these guys.”

in Washington, D.C.,” says Bill. “We were

While Bill’s missions aboard Navy ships

a band of people—everybody was going

didn’t take him into the heart of South Korea,

through a similar experience to what I was

the main scene the memorial depicts, he felt

going through.”

connected to the experience through his own memories and the lifelike sculptures used in the memorial itself.

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4.

“This was the only non-war memorial we

other branch’s memorials, including the Air

KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL

1.

visited, but it was very cool. By three in the

to the itinerary, though the group also visited

“The men are walking through a jungle,

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“We left the photograph at the wall,” says Carol. “It was a meaningful part of the day.”

traffic and bustle of the nation’s capital, the

in the middle of D.C. Dad got his picture with

4

of World War II as young men in the service.

allowed to talk. I hadn’t realized they did

Carol cited the ceremony and reverence

3

The World War II Memorial is an imposing

One of the early stops on the trip was a

“It was something else—you aren’t even

2

WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

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7.


2.

3.

5.

6.

8. 1. A visit to Arlington National Cemetery. 2. Bill and Carol at the Navy Memorial. 3. The impressive Korean War Memorial. 4. Visiting the World War II Memorial. 5. Honor Flight also visits the Lincoln Monument. 6. Reflecting on those who served in the Vietnam War. 7. A welcome-home birthday brigade at the airport. 8. Bill and Carol views the Washington Monument.

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PAGE TURNERS

Motivational Fall Reads

ARTICLE KATIE BRAY

WHAT INSPIRES US TO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE? Whatever the encouraging factor is, we as humans collectively search for ways to improve ourselves through words of wisdom from friends, sage advice from experts and the power of books. If you want to walk away from a good read feeling a sense of comfort or inspiration, look no further.  We’ve partnered with the MidPointe Library System, located in West Chester, Liberty, Middletown and surrounding areas, to bring readers a fall collection of motivational books to encourage you. Check these titles out with MyLibrary!, Midpointe’s new mobile app.  MyLibrary! allows users to search for and place holds on books in the Library system, as well as instantly download eBooks and eAudiobooks.  

SEE JANE WIN

MORE THAN ENOUGH

EMOTIONAL ADVANTAGE

THE WAR FOR KINDNESS

BY CAITLIN MOSCATELLO

BY ELAINE WELTEROTH

BY RANDY TARAN

BY JAMIL ZAKI

Following the 2016 elec-

The revolutionary editor of

With recent interest in posi-

Zaki

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Teen Vogue inspires a call

tive psychology, many won-

research and experiments,

of

and

to courage in this manifesto/

der, “what do we do when

showing that empathy is not

involvement with politics. In

memoir about what it means

life doesn’t go as planned?”

a fixed trait, but rather a skill

this book, an award-win-

to come into your own.

This book guides us to inter-

that can be strengthened

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follows

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pret our negative emotions,

with effort. He tells stories of

female candidates Abigail

of fashion and media, shat-

using them to steer us back

exemplars who are fighting

Spanberger, Catalina Cruz,

tering glass ceilings in this

while learning from fear,

for kindness in the face of

Anna Eskamani and London

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guilt and anger.

hate and adversity.

female

activism

journalist

Lamar in the pivotal 2018 midterm elections. 32

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

(CON TI N U ED)

“It is important to give the kids the opportunity to dream.” Tony Harris returned home from a church trip to rebuild Haiti with stories that sparked interest from his wife Christin Harris and friend Shari Miller. Christin and Shari started sewing and selling shirts for toddlers with the goal of raising enough funds to sponsor one Haitian child to go to school. It was the foundation of Made to Love, a Hamilton boutique on a mission.  The trio of advocates didn’t choose their mission—it was more like the mission chose them.  “When we started it, we didn’t know our mission was jobs and education,” says Tony. “It has evolved.” “Who knew this was going to lead to nine years?” Shari laughs, gesturing to photos of their toddler t-shirts.  The Made to Love store is modeled after a program led by Dr. Kelly Crowdis, a long-term missionary in Haiti. “She would go buy stuff from artisans and resell it to those who were there after the earthquake to raise money to help sponsor kids to go to school. That spurred our interest in trying to find a way to get people education,” Tony explains. Kelly now partners with the Made to Love team onsite in Haiti, a direct connection to the people they serve.  When all three of them went back to the country in 2012, they met a Haitian father who had lost his foot to an earthquake injury. Tony, Christin and Shari sponsored his daughter to go to school and then raised funds to get him a job by paying for his training in jewelry artistry. The paper-bead jewelry made by the father was the first Haitian-made product they sold.  “People really responded to the direct connection,” Shari says. “People wanted a way to help, but they didn’t know how.”  On visits to Haiti, Tony, Christin and Shari meet with village leaders to determine how to best help. They seek the most effective ways to support the Haitian economy, building a sustainable system.  “Our goal is to work our way out of Haiti needing us,” Tony shares. “We keep our hands off of the school as much as possible. We want them to be the very best Haitian school that they can,” says Shari. “If we can buy what the students need in Haiti and stimulate the economy, we can make a much bigger impact.” To date, Made to Love has extended its reach from helping one Haitian child to schooling 500 children. With donations and store income, they hire Haitian builders to expand the Garden of Eden School as needed, currently made up of four buildings and a playground, 36

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serving grades one through eight. They employ and pay salaries for a full teaching staff and supply the school with necessary equipment like computers, solar panels, a router for internet service and more. “The bulk of our money goes right back into our programs,” Tony explains. “As a volunteer nonprofit, there’s not a salary or payroll.” The mission of Made to Love continues to evolve and grow.  “One of the things we are thinking about for the future is a trade program,” Christin says. “It is important to give the kids the opportunity to dream.” Their focus is clear: to keep making steps to help, no matter what that looks like. Made to Love creates aftershocks of love in post-earthquake Haiti: education, jobs, opportunity and most importantly, hope. Made-To-Love.org 6 South Second Street Hamilton, OH 45011 513.341.6231

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The first-ever Lakota WE Run 5k at VOA Park will start at 9

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