Facing Challenges, Overcoming Obstacles
We all face challenges big and small during our lifetime. It is how we respond and cope with our unpleasant experiences that shapes us and help us to rise above obstacles. The biggest challenge that I have faced wasn’t my diagnosis of Cancer or the fact that it spread from my prostate, colon and now my brain- it was coming home after my treatment to a dire situation. My utilities were suspended, and I require oxygen through a breathing chamber round the clock. My house was dark, food was spoiled posing a health scare and hazard to me as a patient. This threw me into a panic because not having my oxygen sustained at optimal output affects me greatly.
This was a pressing emergency, and something had to be done. I solicited assistance from churches, social service agencies, and all the places I could think of to restore my utilities. Unfortunately, I was not able to receive any financial assistance from any source I reached out to. I contacted People Trust who not only provided me with Financial reprieve to assist me in providing for my basic needs; they also made sure I had resources that I was unaware of as a Cancer patient.
I therefore conclude that People Trust is not just a Financial Institution but an Organization that is Compassionate, Giving and Cares about those they serve to make a difference and an Impact in the lives of members in the community.
Meet Steven Hines
Flames were melting a mobile home around him "like a marshmallow" when Steven Hines rushed inside to see if any people were trapped.
The 17-year-old boy, who has a delinquency record, roused them and single-handedly carried them outside. He saved a dozen children ages 4 to 13 and their two adult baby sitters, both in their 70s. Steven said he was riding his bicycle home from a grocery store Saturday night when he spotted flames from the house's chimney. He called into the house but got no answer. The door was unlocked so he went inside, where his attention was drawn to the ceiling. "Flames were moving across like waves on the ocean," he said. "Stuff was melting. It was like a marshmallow."
One 9-year-old boy died in the house, and when authorities removed the body Steven said he had to turn away. "I didn't sleep that night. I was thinking about the boy," Hines said. Authorities said the fire started near a wood-burning stove. At Pine Bluff High School, where Steven is a sophomore, Principal Andrew Tolbert wanted to recognize him at a school assembly Monday. However, Steven cut school Monday and Tolbert couldn't find him at his home. "His attendance has not been consistent, at best," Tolbert said. Steven's record outside school also has been tarnished; he acknowledged he's been in state juvenile rehabilitation centers twice. "I was young. I was doing things my brothers do and hanging with the wrong crowd," he said. "I have to leave that alone. I have better things to do than that."