End-of-year message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends of Interfaith,

‘Tis the season to write a few end-of-year words to you.

To those of us celebrating holidays and holydays, may our gatherings and celebrations bring joy and a sense of peacefulness. For those of us whose holidays are not at this time of year, may these days also be filled with friendship, joy and that sometimes elusive sense of peace.

It’s becoming more difficult for me to put aside thoughts of local, national and international cries for help and assistance.  Perhaps you too?  Deep and true need surrounds each of us. Every day. And with each new image of crisis comes an acknowledgement of the overwhelming problems we face. So now what?  Succumb to the crises?  Give up? Withdraw? Amass more things for ourselves because it seems like that is the only activity over which we have any control? We each are trying to find our ways through these incredibly tumultuous times.

Are we alone in our thoughts and concerns?  It may feel like it but we are not. Some of us find purpose and community within our faiths; others of us have strong family and community group ties.  And of course many find respite in all of the above.

Please let Interfaith and The Family Shelter be strong parts of your respite.  Not the kind of respite that means inaction but rather the opposite—action in service to those in great need. And let this service be founded on the belief that all of us are noble in our essence and deserving of respect and compassion.

We need you.  The community needs you. The families who are in the shelter and those waiting for a space to get out of the cold need you.

Volunteer opportunities abound as we are expanding our volunteer workforce at the shelter specifically on weekends as a starting point.  Administrative assistance including writing and social media activity is always welcome and needed.  In-kind contributions are getting more important as some grant resources are dwindling.  And as always, let us know what you would like to do and have to offer.

Robert Kennedy reminds us, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Let us stand up. Make so many ripples that a tsunami of hope transforms us and the community in which we live. Please also remember Interfaith as you complete your end of year giving.

We’ll be in touch as the new year arrives but don’t wait – call us, talk to us, work with us. 425-252-6672.

With a spirit of unity in service,

Mary Ellen