As we enter 2013, we would like to share an interview with the woman behind the work that goes on here at PFI year after year -- our very own Founder and Executive Director, Martha Morrissey.
* Why did you first choose to start Promising Futures? I started PFI because God would not take "no" for an answer. In His great wisdom, He gave me the belief that caring for diabled folks could be done better in His way...with love and compassion. Using His standards of teaching, I am compelled to fight (and have had to fight) to maintain these standards for over 28 years. Parents and even some staff members have resisted, but God has always blessed the effort and done the work Himself. He simply used me and others who understand that the well being and love God has for us is shown through our work in His name.
* What is your favorite thing about working with this population? I love watching the clients grow into more independence, self reliant, and happy grown-ups. Also, the way they touch staff and their families.
* What are your goals for the new year? My goal is to improve our services. Great progress has been made because of the quality of our staff. I give most of the credit for CIA's amazing changes to our Director Nicki Burnworth, who is a young woman with a great heart for these guys! She is a woman who loves the Lord and is guided by Him. She will do great things for the glory of God!
* What is one thing that your clients have taught you over the years? They have taught me how little I know and how much they can teach me.
* What is your long term vision for Promising Futures? To trust in the leading of the Lord. I have only one desire; make all of our programs better so that we may glorify God and touch the lives of those He has entrusted into our care.
* How can family and friends best come alongside Promising Futures? Get involved. Pray for your children and learn to show them how much you love them (perhaps in a better way!). I struggle with this myself. As my daughter Tiffany (a client at PFI) throws a tantrum because something didn't happen when she thought it should happen or she didn't get what she wanted, I respond as any human who doesn't understand her child...poorly. I tell myself, if what you are doing isn't working, try something different. Each visit I have with her is a learning experience for me. She has blessed me is many ways and challenged me way beyond my limits but I still thank God for her daily and for the opportunity to be her mom. Tiffany has made me a better person than I ever would have been had I had a typical child.