Proximity Matters

Proximity Matters

“That’s YOUR house?!” a young student yelled to me as I opened the gate that separates our backyard from Orchard Elementary’s play area. “Why yes, it is!” I yelled back. Later that week, we crossed paths on a neighborhood walk and was greeted with, “Hey you’re that...
The Power of Proximity

The Power of Proximity

Where we choose to live has an impact on who we are in relationship with. Though we can, without a doubt, maintain strong friendships with those we are separated from geographically, the frequency with which we interact with them will likely look different than if we...
The Power of Mentorship

The Power of Mentorship

Reality for a Child on the South Side of Billings Last week I was reunited with my mom after being in foster care for a year. While I was with my foster family I did really great in school and didn’t worry about being hungry which was nice but they weren’t my family....
A Kingdom Vision: Part 8

A Kingdom Vision: Part 8

As we continue our blog series called “Kingdom Vision,” it is our hope to live and orient our lives according to His ways and not merely our own. Hope Ranch and the DeSarro family have been a blessing to both CLDI, and my family personally. This piece was written by...
Empowering Students Through Winter Adventures

Empowering Students Through Winter Adventures

The start of a new year brings opportunities to get outdoors with our students. We are continually reminded of what a tremendous blessing it is to live in a stunning place and see reminders of God’s beauty and majesty in creation. What may be a more common outing for...
Love and Pain in Relationship

Love and Pain in Relationship

A reflection from Youth Works Director Kaylee Thompson “It had been a rough day; one of those where there is pain and struggle and challenge. Life had been difficult for a number of students we work with, and on this particular day, it was nearly enough to make...