I am feeling a little bit behind on everything this week but nothing would get in the way of tabulating the comments for November on It’s Just Life. My favorite day of the month is always the first because I get to reveal how much Chris and I will be donating to the cause of the month AND revealing the new one.
This past month I chose Lava Mae to be our recipient. You can read all about this fabulous organization by clicking here to read my November 1st post. Lava Mae takes retired transportation busses and repurposes them into mobile showers. What a simple but amazing concept. I was drawn into the interview posted on their website with Doniece Sandoval and you can read it by clicking on this link and scrolling to the bottom of the page and click on FAQ to read the entire interview. It is a simple thing but something that makes a huge impact on those who are served.
My readers continue to be faithful commenters and I am happy to share that Chris and I will be making a donation of $175 to Lava Mae in support of all of their efforts. Thank you to each one of you who takes the time to stop by and leave a comment. They all add up.
There are so many worthy causes and so many pop up in my news feeds especially during the holiday season . I decided that in December I would support a local organization that I have heard and read a lot about. Sharing House -Transylvania Christian Ministry, Inc. which is located locally in Brevard, North Carolina.
When I worked at Epworth UMC in Concord, North Carolina we supported Cooperative Christian Ministry. Sharing House is very similar in its outreach and mission and I love how this is an organization right here in my own community. I am honestly looking forward to being able to be a more active part of their ministry (I just need to stay home a little bit more).
I love what this organization stands for, don’ t you? I especially love how they have spelled out their core values on their website:
Hope We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person without regard to race, age, creed, gender or social standing. We honor each individual’s desire and search for future good.
Compassion We provide an atmosphere of non-judgmental listening, respect and assistance where priority is given to the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of all persons.
Integrity We adhere to moral and ethical principles in all things. Our words and actions are consistently open, honest and ethical.
Teamwork We honor a culture of client-centered teamwork where the contributions of staff, volunteers and clients are valued.
This organization was started in 1981 out of a desire to provide for those locally and to take seriously the command to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” Backed by over 40 congregations and innumerable individuals and groups this organization is making a difference in the lives of those who are served. Volunteers are vital and each volunteer is very important in the ongoing operation of this organization.
I am thrilled to feature Sharing House as our Comments for a Cause recipient for December. It’s really simple to support them by leaving a comment on any blog post during the month. Chris and I will make a donation at the end of the month of 50 cents for each comment with a cap of $500. I would love to be able to reach that cap this time so please come daily and comment. Feel free to share with your friends.
Don’t forget to check out Sharing House by going to their website or by following them on Facebook by clicking here.
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Happy to contribute to this group through comments for a cause. Perfect for December too. The mission and vision is similar to Mennonite Central Committee who I worked for in the past and still support. Happy December!
There are many organizations that do such great work, aren’t there? I love how this group embraces all aspects of need and their goal is to provide for their neighbors by simply loving and caring for them without judgment. That is not always easy but it is necessary. Thanks for your continued support, Darlene. It means a great deal to me.
Hello Beth! Thank you so much for your compassion and your creative way of supporting worthy and significant causes. I am the Executive Director of Sharing House, Shelly Webb. We love our work and our neighbors we serve. We continue to seek ways we can be in real community and empower our neighbors. Doing “good works” can at times feel toxic, when we create a place of “us” and “them”. It’s easy for everyone to become objectified. So we try really hard to see ourselves– volunteers, neighbors, board members, donors, business partners, churches– as community, and all in this together. We love calling people by name and offer as many choices as we can, from the food we give away, to clothes, to how to solve problems. Choices are empowering. We also refrain from calling folks “clients” and instead intentionally choose the word “neighbors”. I could go on!! Thanks again and know that we are so very grateful! Grace in tangible form!!
I am thrilled to be a very small part of your great ministry and look forward to meeting you in person soon, Shelly. Your work is amazing and I can feel your compassion for our neighbors in your words. We all can do a small part in helping others reach their potential and your organization is helping so many with just that. Thank YOU!
I love Sharing House. Thanks for choosing them this month, Beth Ann!
I love what they do and their philosophy. Everyone has worth and dignity and they try to preserve that, don’t they?
Thanks to you and Chris for your always caring and generous hearts.
We are thrilled to be able to do this every month!
You rock! Mobile showers? Super cool. 🙂
The mobile showers are amazing! I totally agree!
Sounds like you picked another fabulous cause!
Thank you, Donna. I think it is a great one as well. I am so happy that Chris and I can continue to do this.
You and hubby have picked another wonderful cause…so glad to comment to help the cause.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. It means so much!
You continue to amaze me.
Aw shucks. Not really. Just doing my little bit where I can.
Thanks for contiuning your efforts to be the ripple.
Thank YOU for stopping by, Ozzie. Hope all is well with you!
Congratulations to both Lava Mae and Sharing House on their good fortune of being chosen for Comments for a Cause.
Thanks, Jake. I love that you made a special stop by on the first to see what was up!
Actually I stop by quite often Beth Ann, but usually I have very little time lately to comment. I’m keeping my eye on you though..lol
You are a very busy man and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by anytime. Trust me—I have been bad at leaving comments all year. I need to work on that!
It is amazing to me that you have the time and the drive to post everyday. Best Wishes, as always, for a very Merry Christmas to you and all of your family, friends and subscribers..
Well I enjoy it so I guess that is why I keep sticking with it. Best wishes to you and your family as well!
Always a need, so glad you found a ministry to support in your new home town.
Thanks for stopping by, Patti. It is such a good thing to help out locally as well as globally.
Sounds like an amazing outreach program. It’s so wonderful of you to share these organizations with us, and give us the opportunity to be a part of the blessing you give them. thank you for always putting your compassion into action!
I think it is one of the great things in our area. I love their philosophy and how they live it out with their neighbors. Thanks for your support!
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