01 November 2013
Working Together With Mercy Special Learning Center

At the start of September, A.B.E. Door & Windows had the wonderful opportunity to welcome our newest addition to the office staff – Kathleen!   Kathleen, who has been chosen to work alongside us through the Work Experience Program, offered at Mercy Special Learning Center, will be joining us every week for the duration of the 2013 – 2014 school year.  Along with her job coach, Joan, the pair provides great assistance to our busy office staff by labeling product literature and compiling company folders that our estimators use in large quantity when providing free quotes to our customers.  This month, we had a chance to talk with Kathleen, in the great hopes of learning more about her.

Seventeen-year-old Kathleen is most distinguished by her always cheerful, polite, humble, and pleasant personality, which lights up our office on even the dreariest of Monday mornings.  She is very involved in both her studies at school and extracurricular activities.  Kathleen has a great appreciation for attending Mass, and is more than happy to be an Altar server at school.  She also is a member of the “Tone Chimes,” a group of musically gifted students who play bell chimes and perform for others during special school functions.  Kathleen is passionate and quite talented in both gymnastics and dance, and has found a love for anything involving physical activity.  She was excited to explain that she is a great at running and shares this common bond with her parents, whom are both passionate runners as well.  She enjoys listening to country music and is a great fan of baseball.  Kathleen is very close with her Mom, whom she admits is her best friend, and is happiest when spending time with her.

Kathleen has enjoyed her time working with A.B.E. Doors & Windows so far, though, we must mention, that it has been our absolute pleasure to be blessed with the presence of such positively lovely women in our office almost every week!  We are truly fortunate and honored to be involved in the Work Experience Program at Mercy Special Learning Center.  From the bottom of our hearts, we offer our deepest gratitude and thanks!

 

16 August 2013
Clothing Drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley

After sorting through our closets for the past several months, the entire staff of A.B.E. Doors & Windows cleaned out their personal wardrobes and gave away a large collection of gently used clothing to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley.  All donations will benefit this long-running mentoring program, which focuses on supporting children who most need positive fostering and inspiration in our community.  Not only was this company project a unique opportunity to strengthen unity within our staff, but it also cultivated a greater sense of personal well-being.  The final results were a brilliant reminder that our seemingly small acts of kindness, compassion, and selflessness do indeed add up to create a world of difference in the lives of those around us.

 

Picture above (viewed from left to right):  Shannon Seng, Jim Lett, and Jim Lett II

 

07 March 2013
A Rewarding Relationship Worthy of Praise

Over the past ten years, A.B.E. Doors & Windows has worked together with Mercy Special Learning Center in providing our Showroom as a worksite for the Work Experience Program that is offered to the school's students.  Every Monday, since the start of the 2012 school year, one of Mercy's students, Irina, comes into work dutifully with her job coach, Joan.  Together, they provide greatly appreciated assistance to our busy staff by labeling all of our product literature and putting together company folders that our estimators rely on when providing free quotes to our customers.  This month, we were given an opportunity to sit down with Irina and had the great pleasure of learning more about her.

Irina, who is 16 years old, looks forward to attending school every morning and enjoys her studies in Reading.  She is a very busy student and hard worker, participating daily with food preparation in the kitchen at school, rolling silverware, and delivering lunch trays to classrooms.  Irina is also a member of the Tone Chime Choir, performing for others during special occasions and Mass.  Her favorite extracurricular activities include swimming and practicing gymnastics at Parkettes.  Outside of school and work, Irina has a passion for horseback riding, something that she has been doing since the age of 9.  She enjoys spending time outdoors and is looking forward to the weather becoming warmer.  Irina loves listening to music and some of her favorite artists include Rihanna, Usher, Dave Matthews Band, and Ke$ha.  Irina's sunny disposition, authenticity, compassion, and kindness shine brightly in everything that she says and does.  Joan expressed that the most satisfying part of her job is working alongside and interacting with the students she is paired with and witnessing their personal growth.

We consider ourselves truly blessed to be involved with such a terrific program at Mercy Special Learning Center and are honored to have Irina and Joan's presence in our office.  A.B.E. Doors & Windows holds deep gratitude and admiration for both of these lovely women.  We thank you eternally for your selfless hearts and the uplifting positivity that you emanate into the world!

 

24 January 2013
Technician Builds Playground in Haiti
Gary Harter, a dedicated and hard-working technician of A.B.E. Doors & Windows for the last seventeen years, went on a mission trip with Lifechurch of Allentown to build a playground at the site of a Haitian Elementary School

"...We are all called.  Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.  It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you're supposed to be, doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing.  And that is what I want for all of you [...] to live from the heart of yourself.  You have to make a living; I understand that.  But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."

- Oprah Winfrey

 

Haiti made world-wide news in early January in 2010 when an earthquake of horrific magnitude occured in the epicenter of the country within the Dominican Republic, devastating an estimated three million people in total.  Dedicated efforts of rescue and relief have continued since the quake to try to piece back together a country of wounded individuals and communities that had been so tragically broken.  One such organization, Mission of Hope, hosts non-stop and continually expanding projects that provide many specific needs to the Haitian people.

Two weeks ago, Gary Harter, a dedicated and hard-working technician of A.B.E. Doors & Windows for the last seventeen years, went on a mission trip with Lifechurch of Allentown to build a playground at the site of a Haitian Elementary School.  Gary, and a small but powerful team of eleven other volunteers, joined forces with Mission of Hope in Haiti and erected a playground over the course of only four days.  The playground was then presented to both the school children and community with a dedication ceremony.  Harter expressed how emotionally overwhelming the entire experience was for him.  "To see these kids, who have absolutely nothing, run out onto that playground and play and laugh and have fun.  That's something that they will be able to do for years to come.  This trip has given me a greater appreciation for everything that we have in the states, such as electric, running water, safe drinking water at our fingertips, and homes that are structurally safe."

Amidst the poverty, desperation, and unimaginable loss of the everyday within the country of Haiti, it is comforting to know that such brilliant rays of hopeful light shine through the darkness in the form of seemingly simple acts of kindness, generosity, and selflessness of brave and loving individuals.  All of us, here at A.B.E. Doors & Windows, are in awe of such tremendous strength of heart and are eternally grateful to those who are involved in making such significantly positive differences in others' lives, whether it be here at home in our local community or for those in need many miles away.

 

To learn more about Mission of Hope, please visit their website online at http://www.mohhaiti.org.