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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"

Ralph Waldo Emerson  
Rev. Jay Smith Jr.
The H.O.M.E. Center 
3892 Lancaster Drive NE ~ Salem, Oregon 97305 ~ 503 363-3926 
May 2020
Safety and Healing Power
It is May!  In the past, May has been called "The Merry Month", however with COVID-19 still on the loose it's important we all play it safe. If we all continue to follow stay-at-home guidelines, this could be the month we can celebrate that we beat COVID-19 in it tracks. That is what Oregonian's are all about. We are a community that cares for the health and safety of each other.  

Over forty years ago, I moved from the hills of Pennsylvania to Monmouth, Oregon to take eight Master's classes for the deaf and hard of hearing. I was tired of the big cities of the East Coast and longed for a community that cares. It turns out was a great school but even greater were the people. I was welcomed in the community and decided to become a permanent resident of this great state. 

Our efforts to stay-at-home are paying off. The reports show proof that we are one of the bottom states for deaths and COVID-19 cases. Because we continue to follow the guidelines we are providing safety to those in our community. That is who we are!

Thank you for all you do.  May God bless you with unending blessings as long as you live. You deserve that because you care. Rev. Jay