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Spring is Here

Spring signifies a time for growth

May the sunlight and the rain be reminders that God is at work renewing the earth.
May He also be present in our lives, renewing our devotion to the Christ Child Society as we work to grow our impact.

Happy Spring! I am so glad to be able to say that! The NCCS board held an in-person board meeting on March 17th and 18th in Dearborn, Michigan, and we had the opportunity to visit the Christ Child House which is owned and operated by our Detroit chapter. The Executive Director, LaNiece Jones, shared the history of the house with us and took us on a tour of the facility. The Christ Child House was established in 1948 and provides residential treatment services for up to 31 boys, ages 6 to 16, many of whom suffer emotional, behavioral and physical impairment resulting from severe abuse and neglect. Often times, these boys have failed in foster home placements which adds to their emotional distress. The Christ Child House becomes their place of refuge and healing. The staff and Christ Child chapter volunteers are guided by the philosophy – “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood” and they work hard to make that mantra a reality for the children they serve. I think I can speak for all the board members when I say that we were all touched deeply by the boys themselves and the stories that were shared with us.

Mary Virginia Merrick could have been speaking about the Christ Child House when she said, “This service is a joy to me, for I can see the Christ Child in the least of them, and their pleasure was His thanks-I wanted none other”. Congratulations Detroit chapter on the wonderful work you do with this very worthy program!

Board at Christ Child House St Patrick’s Day 2017

Saturday morning saw an early start to our board meeting. Over the course of eight and a half hours, we discussed, debated and planned the work we hope to accomplish in coming months! We discussed the exciting potential formation of new chapters in Ellicott City, MD and Cincinnati, OH. We started planning for our new website redesign which will make our website more engaging, informative and easy to navigate! And we discussed our plans for taking part in our second
National Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 28th, this year with an emphasis on literacy. More information will be coming to you in the weeks ahead. Our National Board is a fantastic group of hard-working ladies who care deeply about their chapters and the national organization as a whole. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with all of them!

On March 22nd, I attended the Cleveland chapter’s Legacy Mass and Luncheon where the new Provisional class was installed and members’ anniversaries from 5 to 60 years were celebrated. This year’s class brought our chapter 21 new members! The Annual Chapter Reports showed that a third of our chapters have some type of Provisional year. National will be putting together a “Best Practices” document for developing a provisional year program so your chapter can determine if it is a good fit for you.

At the conclusion of the Legacy Mass, the new Provisional class recites the following pledge:
“I pledge myself to be faithful to the duties of my membership and to further the interests of the Christ Child Society; to seek first and the last the honor and glory of God, as I commit myself to his service with His help. Amen”.

Provisional class 2017

Let’s all take a moment to re-commit ourselves to the Christ Child Society
we love and the personal service we do
in His name.

Happy Easter and thank you for all you do in the name of the Christ Child,

Marybeth Baucco
NCCS President

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