Fr. Thierry de Roucy, Heart’s Home Founder, addressed the following words to our supporters attending our Annual Gala on May 3. As you are also supporting our mission, in one way or another, these words are also addressed to you:
"We are all ambassadors.
We can be ambassadors of a country, or a family, a company, a political party, a non-profit, or even of a soccer-team !
Each one of us stands for, and represents, many other people.
There are groups we did not choose to belong to. And yet, we have to come to terms with this responsibility.
But there are also groups that we freely chose to belong to.
Therefore, we should ask ourselves three questions:
• who do I want to stand for ?
• what do I want to stand for ?
• what kind of ambassador do I want to be ?
As far as I am concerned, tonight, I stand for all those who decided to become witnesses of the dignity and beauty of each human being.
I stand for those who believe that the primary human need is the need to love, and to be loved.
I stand for those who want to be a balm on their neighbors’ wounds. It is a very courageous and demanding mission!
Despite the opening of new houses, despite the growing number of volunteers, each year I cannot help crying: “We need more!”
We need more love. More tenderness. More generosity.
We need more, because there is always more poverty, loneliness and despair. Like a tsunami, they overwhelm our cities!
Tonight, I represent all those who take part in our mission.
On their behalf, I am happy to present you some of the beautiful fruits of our mission.
On their behalf, I also want to thank each one of you.
Thank you for making it possible for them to be who they are.
Thank you for allowing so many suffering and lonely people to receive their visits, and to become their friends.
Your generosity makes their compassion possible.
Thank you for being here, with us, tonight.
Thank you for your friendship, which I am glad to say, goes far beyond this night."