I watched as the two strangers approached one another at the kitchen island, one of them feeling the granite countertops as though they were polished jewels.
All of us at Community Renewal would like to thank the countless number of people who helped to make the House for Hope a wonderful success on so many levels.
There are far too many people to name, but we must salute homebuilder David Leeth, who oversaw construction of the beautiful four-bedroom home; Dixey Robertson and her staff at the Northwest Louisiana Home Builders Association; James Smith and his team at KSLA News 12; Matt Locke, who provided the land in The Haven for the house; and so many others, from businesses who donated materials to the thousands of people who bought a ticket.
Your support will help us build our 10th Community Renewal Friendship House, this time in Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood.
A Friendship House is a safe haven, a place of hope in itself for youth and families living in a low-income, high-crime area.
The Friendship House offers after-school and summer programs, neighborhood service projects, and many other activities that help neighbors work together in trust and confidence to make their neighborhood a safer, more caring place.
Finally, don't forget that you can still get a ticket to win this year's St. Jude Dream Home.
The drawing for that house is July 26, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Visit www.stjude.org to learn more.
David Westerfield, of Shreveport, is the director of communications for Community Renewal International.