Question: How many birthday cakes does our Victory House director make each year?

We love celebrating birthdays in a recovery community!

I’m Bernadine, director of Victory House, one of Providence Network’s three sober living apartments. A big part of my role is fostering community among our residents. Preventing feelings of isolation is a key factor in addiction recovery. Through a loving and caring community, we want our residents to know that they are not walking through life alone.

One of the small ways I do this is on birthdays. Birthdays can be a painful time for many of our residents. They might remember years when they didn’t have family or friends to celebrate with, or birthdays that were forgotten or ignored when they were children. Past trauma based on feelings of neglect can feel especially near around other special occasions and holidays too.

That’s part of my personal story. Birthdays were challenging times for me as a child because my parents never remembered them. They were too busy drinking to notice that I was celebrating another year.

Thankfully, over time, God has redeemed my experience and now birthdays are something I actually look forward to! I want to be a part of redeeming birthdays for our residents too.

Our Providence Network staff recently celebrated my 60th birthday, which was more meaningful than they may have realized. I try to pass the joy along by making birthday cakes for every person at Victory House when their special day arrives. Here are a few photos of birthday cakes from our recovery community:

Answer: That’s often as many as 45 cakes a year!

You can enjoy a few more photos of birthday cakes on Facebook as well.

Is it your birthday? Let us help you celebrate virtually! I would bake an actual birthday cake for all our Providence Network friends and partners if I could! But for now, please enjoy a virtual slice of cake on us. We want you to know that whether you are near or far in distance, we see you and believe that you deserve to be celebrated.

Thanks for taking the time to read about why we love birthdays at Providece Network – and specifically Victory House! Know that we appreciate you! And when your big day arrives, “Happy Birthday to you!”

With love,

Bernadine Klingsmith

Providence Network

Victory House Director

P.S. We also made this video of our staff singing “Happy Birthday” to you! Enjoy!

P.P.S. For some extra fun, enjoy these Five Birthday Facts You May Not Know:

  1. Most Common Birthday: September 9th is the most common birthday in the United States. Globally, September 16th is the most common date.
  2. Least Common Birthday: May 22nd and December 25th are the least common birthdays in the United States.
  3. Birthday Paradox: In a group of just 23 people, there’s a more than 50% chance that two people share the same birthday. This surprising probability is called the birthday paradox. You can read all about the math behind this fact in this article.
  4. Happy Birthday Song: “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language. Sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote the song in 1893 and originally titled it “Good Morning to All.”
  5. Birthday Celebrations Around the World: Different cultures celebrate birthdays in unique ways. In China, noodles are served on birthdays as a symbol of longevity. In Jamaica, it’s customary to grab the birthday person’s ears and gently tug on them for good luck.