In all the excitement surrounding the Capital Campaign,
I keep coming back to one question: Why? Why are we doing this work?
Raising funds? Renovating our building, and expanding our programs? To answer that question, I need only to look outside my window.
When I look down South Division Avenue, and I can see that the need for relationships and services is greater than ever. Outside my window, I see men and women who are facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, from the loss of employment, to a shortage of affordable housing, to the need for connection and hope.
Katherine is one of these people. When we surveyed the patrons of our ministry and asked them what aspect of our growth they were most excited about, Katherine said, “The extra beds in the Open Door (Women’s Shelter). I have been one of the ones turned away.”
This is why we are doing this work. We are doing it for Katherine, so she can know she has somewhere to stay for the night. We are doing it for Heidi, who needs a day respite center to rest her feet; both in supportive casts due to diabetes. We are doing it for James, who accesses our affordable meals every day, and Vince, who needs a place to safely store his belongings in a locker. We are doing this not only to expand our space, but to build up our services, and in doing so, to build up hope within our neighborhood.
In every step we have taken in this campaign, we have felt God’s leading, and His providence. What a privilege it is to follow His calling. I am thankful for the opportunity to join hands with the patrons who come through our doors every day, and with all of you who partner with our ministry. My hope is that you too will feel God’s calling to support our Capital Campaign. With a gift to our capital campaign, you can walk alongside Katherine, Heidi, James, and Vince, and the hundreds of other men and women in our community. Together, we will continue
building His kingdom.