Monday, September 26, 2011

People in Need Helping People in Need - Wow! And the New Ways to Help This Week. . .

Hi Everyone!

PHEW! We made it. We helped John clean his apartment and get him food and some other things to make his apartment livable. He is in a very different place than he was when I met him! He is smiling, and crying, and has new hope. Let's send him good energy today that his inspection goes well! Thank you Holly, Jennifer (and their families) and Tyler for your help! Thank you ACE for donating a new toilet seat! What a difference.
Also, thank you to Clark Fork City Church Street Teams for doing multiple dump runs and committing to continuing to help Jackie get her home in order so that her children have a good place to be! You were amazing!

Here are some folks I met this week that I would like to introduce you to:

Jack is a man living with disabilities who needs to move by this Friday - he has a very small apartment, a couple of big things and a very tidy storage unit. We need 4 or more volunteers to move him in one truck trip.

Lanicka is a single mother who needs windows installed in her trailer and a shed assembled so that her children have a warm and tidy place to be - and the forecast is for snow later this week! Let's help her keep her family together.

Diane needs a grab bar and new shower head installed so that she can bathe more easily since she is disabled. Contractor experience preferred, but if you aren't one - do you know one?

I also need a couple of strong folks to take a u-haul around and collect all the fantastic furniture donations we have for Shannon, a great single Mom who is working hard to make a great home for her three beautiful boys. Can you help drive and get the stuff to her on Thursday afternoon/evening?

You know, one of the most beautiful things I have seen is volunteers working to help someone with nothing - even though they have almost nothing themselves. One of them said "We don't have time and we don't have money. So we're gonna go out there and give!" Now these folks are in our circle of helping - they are getting new beds donated to them that they desperately need, and help making their gardens safe and beautiful for their children. That is the heart and soul of Imagine Missoula - community that gives and shares, even the little we have.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Nina Alviar
Outreach Coordinator for IMAGINE MISSOULA