Last week, we hosted a Sip-and-Paint event on Valentine’s Day for the youth at The House DC. Each student received a rose, enjoyed painting, and as usual, ate a wonderful meal cooked by Chef Eric. One of our students, Trisha*, said, “I feel so special. Even though the rose is something small, it means so much to me. It makes me feel special.”

In an age of consumerism where people are ready to buy the newest iPhone or the trendiest car, it’s incredible to witness how true joy is found in the little things in life: a delicious meal with friends, a glass of sparkling apple juice, a fun time exploring a new hobby, and a rose.

Something as simple as a rose makes the youth at The House DC feel loved, seen, and special. A feeling that many youth don’t get to experience because of their unstable conditions at home.