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A Moment With Joel

Girl scout Troop#1470 of Lincoln has been working towards their Silver Pin, which involved volunteering their time with House in the Woods on a very special project.

The photos here capture just one portion of their project, a sign with Sgt. Joel A. House’s photo on it and a poem, which will stand next to Joel’s bench on the House in the Woods walking trail. This sign represents the fact that although Joel made the ultimate sacrifice for his country back on June 23, 2007, he is always with us in spirit and here to help guide the families that come and take rest on his bench.

If you would like to, come visit us at House in the Woods, visit Joel’s bench, and see for yourself. The sign isn’t up quite yet, as the ground is not quite thawed but we’ll share the poem with you here, and you can visit when the weather warms up.


Sit with me a moment friend,

And see a brighter way.

Breath in the fresh air

And reflect upon the day.

Leave with me your struggles,

Take with you only peace.

Sadness, anger, guilt, and shame,

Now can be released.

You may kneel unto this bench for strength,

Or look up and warm your face.

There’s only peace here my friend,

You’re in a safe place.

I’ll be here for you until next time,

Just know you’re never alone.

Visit me again soon,

At your Home Away from Home.

Thank you, Maddy Stewart & Norma Priest, for assisting these young women not only through this project, which we hold near and dear to our hearts, but for sharing your own time and talents, being a great example of what it means to be selfless and Giving Back to others. You’re both amazing examples for these young women.

In addition to several other signs marking the path on our walking trail the girls made a monetary donation of the funds raised.

Thank you, ladies, for your continued support of our military men and women, to whom we owe all that we can give, for their service and sacrifice. What you’re doing may seem small in the big picture, but you are truly Saving Lives. We all do our part and you’re making a BIG difference.

For more information about House in the Woods and how you can Give Back:

Contact Angie Gade


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