Monday, January 02, 2006

Sisters of the Road

A request to the charitable sorts out there who've got some money to give in the month of January:

Sisters of the Road Cafe in Portland, Oregon, will receive a $15,000 grant from The Collins Foundation IF they can raise $15,000 from people who have not donated before in the month of January. Sweetie and I donated for our wedding, so we are ineligible.

Sisters' mission is to build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of non-violence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual toward changes that will reach the root of his or her homelessness and poverty and end it forever.

They provide jobs and inexpensive meals ($1.25 for a meal or .25 for a drink) to anyone who might need one, but mainly focused on those who are homeless or suffer from poverty. They've been a saviour for my brother in the past - when he first was diagnosed as mentally ill and living on the streets my parents were able to set up an account for him, so he was always guaranteed a hot meal. I believe he's also worked there in the past.

I strongly encourage any of you who might have the means to do so to donate to Sisters. Also, if you're in the Portland area and want a way to help panhandlers, you can purchase meal coupons to hand out that will provide them with a meal at Sisters, and may help them get in contact with other services they need.

The holidays are often full of opportunity for those who are less fortunate than ourselves, but often the charity dries up come the new year. Help others have a happy 2006 as well.

OK, I'm climbing off my soapbox now...


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