For families who have lived through the fear and grief associated with homelessness, memories made together in the warmth and safety of a home – their home – are even more meaningful.This was especially true this November when a group of more than 60 students from Chicago visited Saint Louise House families for a private concert and dance show that left families beaming with joy.
Once a year, Wheaton Academy Christian High School’s choir, dance and improv teams leave Chicago to tour a new city, sharing the talents they’ve honed throughout the year with nonprofit groups. This year, while planning their Austin visit, they learned about Saint Louise House and offered us a full-blown concert – complete with a 40-person choir, 12-person a capella group, dance team, and improv acts.
The room was simple.
The crowd was small.
The performance was breathtaking.
Students gave the small crowd of Saint Louise House families a performance they will not soon forget. Children’s eyes widened and their mouths dropped as they watched the dance team, in full costume, perform beautiful, elegant dances and listened to the choir sing popular songs. Acting Program Director Jenna Watkins shared, “Families thoroughly enjoyed it and it brought tears to my eyes to watch how much I could see the joy in everyone’s eyes.”
Saint Louise House is deeply grateful to the Wheaton Academy Christian High School performing arts department for sharing their gifts with Saint Louise House families.