Calling All Alumni of The Children’s Home of Lubbock!
Would you be willing to help our President Emeritus, Floyd I. Stumbo, as he collects information about the Home’s past? Here’s a note from Floyd:
On April 18, 2009, The Children's Home of Lubbock will celebrate its 55th birthday. On that date 55 years ago, six-year-old Dwain Jones came as the first child to be served by the new children's home. Today, more than 5400 children will have come for care at the Home.
If you are one of those children, or a staff member that cared for those children, that means you are part of the Children's Home family, and as family, will you help me with a project I've been assigned?
Lynn Harms, who is the current president of the Home, has commissioned me to work on compiling a history of the Home. Vera White wrote about the first 25 years in her invaluable book, Wings of Compassion, which was published after her death in 1975. That leaves me to write about the years I have been privileged to be associated with the Home, those since October 15, 1957.
As I have thought about this daunting task, it is apparent to me that you — and thousands of other people, and hundreds of organizations, have a vested interest in the history that has made the Home a reality. I could simply attempt to compile the history from my own viewpoint, but that would result in distortions through my lens, writing about what I saw and remember about people and events.
I would rather have your point of view.
Will you help me?
I am asking as many ex-students and staff members as possible to complete a secure online questionnaire
about your past involvement at the Home. Please write freely from your memory and feelings. There are no right or wrong answers; I ask that you be very candid. I will do my best to utilize anything you give me with sensitivity and with good taste.
The exercise should take only a few minutes, or if you choose to write more, perhaps an hour of your time. You may choose to remain anonymous, but if you don't mind being quoted, I would really appreciate the opportunity to quote you. It's your call; I will abide by your wishes.
As time and funding allow, I want to do one-on-one interviews with as many people as possible. Please indicate if you would like to be one of those to be interviewed in person.
I will be spending a lot of time researching material at the Home, such as old newsletters, legal documents, and records of the board meetings, etc.
I can't tell you today what the final form of this history will look like, but right now I am hoping that it will become the second volume of the Home's history, in line with Vera White's book. Of course so many things have changed since Vera's time, and naturally the book will be different from hers.
Please know that your help, in any way you are able to give it, will be invaluable to me as I work on this project, and it will become a permanent part of the Home's history. And if you have questions or suggestions as to ways we can make this work better, please let me hear from you. Thank you!
For the Home and its children,
Floyd I. Stumbo
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