Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Wow, we certainly had one doozy beginning of May!

All we could think about was “rain, rain please go away!” We topped record amounts of rain. We watched as bridges, vehicles, and some homes washed away.

It puts into perspective just what the elements can do and it deserves a healthy respect from everyone. Water is just not something to mess with.

In our area of the U.S., we have several lakes and rivers that change constantly. It doesn’t hurt to brush up on some safety tips.


Let’s talk water safety and kids.

Kids love water, pools, creeks, ponds. It doesn’t matter, if there’s water, young children are drawn to it like a magnet.

Children should ALWAYS be supervised around any water. It takes just a second and everything can change. Always wear a properly fitted life jacket in ponds, lakes, rivers, etc.

How about teens and water safety?

While they may not need constant supervision, teens still need some adult supervision. They tend to have rougher horseplay that could get out of hand around water.

It just takes a moment to choke on water or receive a hard knock to the head to cloud judgment. Clouded judgement is definitely not needed when in the water.


Adults need to practice caution too!

While adults should know to always wear a life vest on a lake or deep river, they don’t always do so. It’s important to be good role models for our kids to keep them safe. They watch everything you do, so wearing a life vest is a powerful silent message for the kids.

NOAA has made it their motto to “Turn Around Don’t Drown.” When water is on the roadways, many drivers think “I can make it.” With what we’ve experienced recently, driving over only a few inches of water isn’t safe. You just do not know what’s under that water. Worse, you wouldn’t know if portions of the bridge are missing! It’s not worth even trying!

Employing the 3Rs even when it comes to water makes good sense.

Water deserves Respect as it is not only a beautiful source of recreation, it is also a powerful force. We have a Relationship with it in our daily lives, especially living near lakes and rivers. It is our Responsibility to be smart when it comes to water safety.

Let us know how you fared during the floods. We certainly hope you’ve dried out and everything is back to normal. Feel free to drop us a note.



Greetings from the Central Office,

The last of April and the first days of May have been tough in Southern Missouri. Record rainfall and flooding have wreaked havoc in the West Plains and Springfield/Branson regions.

Many of our contractors and supported individuals have been affected by the floods, some with temporary displacement from their homes, and some with permanent displacement. Fortunately, all the Restoring Hope accounts I have heard had positive news to share as well – stories of caregivers stepping up to provide immediately relief care to those who needed it, and individuals coming to the aid of those whose homes were filled with mud and water.

I was especially proud of our office staff and Program Managers in West Plains who volunteered to help when Chuck and Melissa Swift’s home was flooded. It’s not every day you see a troop of ladies in rubber boots and gloves shoveling mud 4 inches deep!

Some of the staff’s family members were major helpers, too. Chuck and Melissa were so grateful. It was a beautiful example of camaraderie at its best, and everyone involved felt blessed.

That’s one of the many things I love about Restoring Hope. We work hard, we play hard, and we are there for each other when someone needs help. Our name says it all – we restore hope – one family, one home, one heart at a time.


–Diane Smithey 
Office Manager