If you've known me for any length of time, you've likely heard this from me before, but I think it's worth hearing about again.
I've got myself a crazy older brother.
Diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic about fifteen years ago, now living a life on SSD with a room he rents and a relatively stable, if heavily tattooed and pierced, group of friends. Wasn't always that way. Before the diagnosis, and at a few other times since, he's been homeless, spending his nights in Forest Park. I've been witness to him panhandling downtown on several occasions (he is, in fact, the reason I won't give money to panhandlers). And crazy as he is, he is also a resourceful guy and knows how to keep his needs met it times of challenge.
One agency that was a godsend in keeping his needs met back in those early days was Sisters of the Road. They were always a guaranteed hot meal for him; either with him working it off, or my Mom running an account for him. The thing that has always impressed me most about Sisters is the dignity and respect they give to everyone who comes in contact with them. Regardless of our backgrounds, financial or housing situations, we are all members of the same community and all should be treated equally.
I've been a long-time donor to Sisters. Both in the standard write-a-check variety and purchasing their meal coupons when I was living in Portland and wanted a way to help the panhandlers in a productive manner.
Now I'd like to ask you to become a donor to Sisters as well. Because if you have never given to Sisters before and give to Sisters between now and the end of the year your money will be matched $1.50 per $1 given. So, if you give $10 out of your pocket, Sisters of the Road will receive $25. If you've given before, your money will be matched .50 per $1 given. Still not too shabby.
If you are a giving person how could you pass up a deal like this?