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We are a place of empowerment for those without a home to feel at home; for families to have a supportive environment to appreciate each other; a space for the forgotten to find their voice; where people with disabilities and seniors find purpose; where people support each other and work together to make a difference.  We are the space you come to be loved–regardless of who you are and where you came from.  Because don’t we all deserve that!

The theme song from the tv show, Cheers, says:  “you wanna go where everybody knows your name.”  There is a reason we like such places.  Something happens to us when people know us, when people believe in us, when we believe in other people.  We create a supportive network that builds hope and creates change in us and the world around us.  This is the power of community.  What makes us different from social service organizations–we focus on the often forgotten element:  community.  We all need each other.  We are here to create a place where people feel connected, cared for, and empowered to live fully and make a difference.  We all need help sometimes.  We all have gifts to share.

Everybody needs space to be human–to rest,
lax, and play, a place to work together with purpose, to share our gifts, grow, and make a difference in the world.   We are working toward opening a community house that would be this kind of space and we need your help to do it.  Picture it with us:

You walk in the front door to a cozy couch, a cold drink, a good meal, a hand shake or hug, and good conversation.  After you’ve cooled down and rested your feet (you walked a few miles from your camp site), you can join a group of people playing a board game, or head to the art room to make something beautiful, or maybe you want to jam out with a few folks on the musical instruments in the music room.  Later you’ll take a hot shower, get a change of warm clothes from the clothes closet, enjoy a meal, and take a nap in the nap room.   You feel like yourself again–not a “homeless bum” like they yell at you from their cars but a man who shares his music to make others happy, a man who is part of something bigger than himself, a man who gives now and has a future. 

Sometimes you have to leave home to discover each other.  Sometimes in families, you get into such rigid roles and routines that you need to get away to neutral space where you’re all just people.  You play a game, share stories, serve others together.  You learn to see each other in a new light.  Your family bond strengthens. 

Your heart is heavy.  The weight of the world is on your shoulders.  You’re afraid, worried, confused.  You head to one of the support groups.  You listen.  You share.  You know you are not alone.  You feel human again and somehow you know you’re gonna make it–with a little help from your friends.

You’re lonely rattling around in your apartment.  You’ve been a widow now as long as you were married.  All your family is gone now.  You walk in the door and find a new family.  You meet some people who like to cook and the kitchen is open to you.  You talk and laugh and taste each dish.  Then you sit down at the table with people from all different walks of life and enjoy the meal.  No one leaves hungry for food or friendship.  Then you realize you have lots of gifts to share.  You garden and sew and you’re patient with people.  Suddenly you have a place to share all these gifts and you’re not “the lonely widow” anymore.  You have a reason to get out of bed.  Your community needs you.

A place for community.  Will you join us in making this vision a reality?  With your help, we can raise the necessary funds to open this community house as we ring in 2010.  Will you share a gift with us?  And if you can, as you spend the holidays with friends, co-workers, and family, share our story, our vision about the power of community.

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