Getting away from our home which she doesn’t remember, doesn’t know what to do there– nor how to do anything like she used to–gives her hope.  Getting away with others that, although they live in a strange world from her delusional one, are enjoying an event together, is especially good for her.  Not knowing what they are happy about, she still often can join in the laughter and excitement of her new family.  She still knows reverence for Jesus; sees Jesus in nature quickly, fittingly; finds uplift in music–classical, 50’s hits, and old hymns, and feels love when she sees it. 

She had a good day last Monday, when Joy who advocated for The Rockin’ Senior field trip to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC, as part of Hope to Thrive’s July programming, invited us to come along. The Rockin’ Senior program is an outreach that Hope to Thrive does for anyone age 60 and over. Remonia, the lead organizer, also in the group, knew where we should go, and Marc, who drove us in his family van, came along. 


Upon arriving at the small white church on Butterfield Drive, the meeting place, Elaine enjoyed the hugs; the applause when she successfully got into the backseat of the van. She sat patiently during the hour long video, so far from other viewers, that she thought she was alone with me.  During lunch, Elaine and I led the blessing of the food, praying our family table blessing, and everyone appreciated it too. She was relieved when she got to the bathroom in time–not appreciating that it was the men’s, with Joy guarding the door. We enjoyed the frequent laughter; and bouncing with the bumps in the road, which was felt more in the backseat.  She had gone 7 hours without incontinence to my joy and relief.  It was a good day for us.


By: Bill Davis, Board Member, Hope To Thrive

“As the sun set amid the haze, we called it a night. It was a good time for all of us.”

On Thursday, July 22, Hope to Thrive launched a new program for youth, led by master drummer Vernon Sharpe and master dancer Joy Williams. I participated along with three girls.

We lit the grill and put on some sweet corn to roast, and we learned something of the West African beats and dance steps, along with an accompanying spiritual teaching in which we thanked in turn the earth and the ancestors, the people and the world around us in the present, and finally, the heavens above us. And we sang the refrain to the great spiritual Wade in the water water, until we fell nearly into a trance.
By then the corn was nearly ready, so we put the hot dogs on to cook and we had a nice supper together. I got to sit with Mr Sharpe and hear him tell of his work in music and his travels in Zimbabwe, Cuba, and East Germany, and his impressions of those countries. I talked of our work in starting an urban farm.
As the sun set amid the haze, we called it a night. It was a good time for all of us. Our plan is to hold this meeting again every week. I hope that more will join.
By: Ed Lyons, a writer, poet, and currently serving as the Compost Manager for Hope To Thrive. 



Hope To Thrive was featured in the Herbicide-Free Campus Newsletter this week! Hope to Thrive is constantly helping organizations across the country to improve all aspects of health through arts & culture, counseling service & feeding those who need it most.


Our students and staff are eagerly awaiting the HFC Orientation Series, which will help to make sure students across all six campuses are well versed in the intersectionality of pesticide use. Joining us to facilitate part of the series is Joy Williams —pictured— director and founder of Hope to Thrive, an organization that works to increase the daily intake of fruits and vegetables of food insecure populations in the Carver School Area Neighborhoods in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Joy will be facilitating power mapping, campaign strategy building, and narrative training with students. We are looking forward to sharing the results of this training with you.

In Solidarity,

HFC Team