Names like JoAnn, a 41-year-old with cerebral palsy, who came from an institution at age 13 and stayed for 10 years; Carl, who arrived as a 4 1/2 year old in restraining straps and harness, stayed 27 years. He works as a janitor and owns his own home now. "I just let him grow up," Vashti says. Mary, who is 32 with Down syndrome, was number 162.
Vashti's husband Arthur, an easygoing World War I veteran, agreed to open their home to needy children. When he died six years later, she decided to keep their agreement going. "Home has got to be pleasant and peaceful," she said matter-of-factly. "If something happens outside, they have to come in and know Mom is there. She's not going to slap them; she's not going to be mad at them." Vashti's natural and foster children both agree she lived her faith consistently. "God has been with me all the way," she quietly admits.