Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Shower of Hope

I made a donation to the Shower of Hope today, to support my friend who organizes the volunteers. One of the incredible people in the world.

I was contacted by another friend who was writing a grant proposal with her church to help the homeless and wanted to include the shower. I passed on the contact info of the founder. They connected. Hopefully the grant will be funded.

I need to document my connections more. This is a good place for it.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Public Health Interns

Today I became the Director of Field Studies for Masters of Public Health students summer internship.  I think helping young Epidemiologists will help the world. 

Its apparent we need more Epidemiologists about.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Breadmaker

I bought a breadmaker for a friend who lost her job this week. Her husband lost his too. They have an autistic son. I'm sure he'll be making a lot of bread. 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Cookies for troops

I bought Girls Scout cookies and sent them to the troops today.

For some reason it reminded me of this blog.
So long since i've posted.

But I always do try to change the world every day.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Help Boliva

I spent most of tonight thinking of ways of fundraising for Help Bolivia.  That's my sister and her husband's new non-profit.  Please consider being a monthly donor, they could really use the help their first year.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Housed a homeless person

Today I invited one of the clients from the Shower of Hope and her dog to come live with me.  Last week she had black eyes and a split lip and she needs to get off the street.
I have a friend/ex-employee staying here also stitching Halloween orders for me. She's unemployed and living in her van.
 And with the girl I brought in last year, that makes 3 I'm providing homes for.  But only 2 will stay for a while.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Shower of Hope - Steven the CPA

Today at The Shower of Hope I met Steven. He approached us with a look I am becoming familiar with, apprehension, need, disbelief, and a bit of shame. He had one of our flyers in his hand, so I welcomed him. He told me he had just become homeless a few days ago. And he hadn't eaten in 2 days. He hadn't showed in a while and had no clothes to change into. He had worked as a CPA for over 20 years at a place within walking distance. His family was all killed in a car accident by a drunk driver and, as he said, he just 'checked out' for a while and lost it all. He cried a bit. And he got Hope at the shower. He got kindness and clothing and food and toiletries and hugs and a shower. It put a noticeable spring in his step. #Hope

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Shower of Hope. Helping the homeless with a mobile shower.

Helped 34 clients at The Shower of Hope today. There were a few new people. A married couple came by who have been living in their car. I think one lost a job and they couldn't afford the rent on only one salary. They still had a bit of the 'I can't believe this has happened to me and I have to accept charity' look in their eyes. They really enjoyed their showers and they both got haircuts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Kiva loan to Farmline

Made a kiva loan to Farmline.  Farmerline is a global social enterprise using mobile technology to connect farmers to information and vital services that increase profit. ​ Through Farmerline’s 399 service, farmers are able to dial the USSD code “399” on a mobile phone in Ghana and are presented with options to access affordable, genuine inputs, financial literacy education, weather forecasts, as well as weekly updates on market prices, all in their local languages. Farmerline is presented with viable data which is used to connect the farmer to the nearest Famerline in-field workshop, community agent, or distributor. At this point the farmer has the option to obtain the input through a layaway wallet program or input credit scheme. As a result, Farmerline is able to provide the high quality inputs that farmers need to protect their crops and the resources to purchase other services to support their livelihood. Watch and learn how Farmerline's 399 Service is impacting farmers