The recent (Oct. 23) dedication of the new dormitory and classrooms at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, TX, served as more than just a celebration of new buildings. It served as a celebration of the many fragile young lives that have been profoundly impacted and given hope because they were placed at this exemplary residential treatment center.
Dr. Kurt Senske, CEO of LSS, reminded the audience that day that the residents of New Life – all girls ages 11-17 – have histories that they can’t do anything about. He told the story of “Anna,” an adopted child from Russia who went to school with his own daughter, and was placed at New Life when her world, once again, fell apart.
In the following video, Dr. Senske tells Anna’s story:
While we cannot go back in time to protect girls like Anna, we can choose to direct our lives toward serving and helping others. Two of New Life’s biggest supporters over the years, Mildred and Lawrence Lieder, are prime examples of such other-directed selflessness. Dr. Senske remarked that “W-W-M-L-D” – “What Would Mildred and Lawrence Do?” – is a slogan we all could live by when faced with life’s tough choices.
Toward the end of the celebration that Saturday, visitors met and went on tours with some of New Life’s residents. The girls were happy. They were safe. They were on the road to healing, thanks to New Life, the Lieders, and the many donors, volunteers, and staff who have given so much.