by Eli Bautista
Saint Michael’s & Saint Edward’s Church, Brooklyn, NY is where it all began. The little parish in which the community of Fort Green gathered to have Mass, talk to each other, and become one family. In 2008 Heart’s Home entered our little parish and integrated themselves in the community. At first we only saw them and spoke occasionally. As time went on, Sylvie Muller of Heart’s Home, came up to us and began the best thing that could have happened to any one of us. The Heart’s Home Youth Group is where we (Ray, Bruce, Junior and myself) began to talk, play, eat, share, experience and learn all that which to a larger extent we still do now. While we may not spend too much time with Heart’s Home, our friendship with each other as well as with the members of the group keeps growing. The Youth Group became a network of support for each one of us and it has helped us grow as people and as friends.
Although we are growing up now, we are not separating from each other just because we are no longer youth. Instead, we virtually do anything and everything together and we are involved in each other’s lives. Whether it is advice, favors, work, time, money we always support each other. We teach each other values, truths, and the tools we need to obtain that which we need in life. This is what keeps us together and helps us grow: the dependency to becoming independent human beings. We always have each other’s backs, whether it be work or life related. The ideas we share with each other helps us as individuals examine ourselves. This ultimately helps us make ourselves better, which makes the group as a whole better. Our friendship is an ongoing exchange of ideas and support which places the needs and views of each person into perspective.
On behalf of Ray, Bruce, Junior and myself we would like to thank and encourage the Members of Heart’s Home past, present and future. We appreciate the time we’ve spent together. Every occasion that we are together strengthens our bonds with each other.