June 5, 2017

A Fresh Start at 51

When you think about the importance of education, you might picture children, teenagers, or young adults. But education is important for people of all ages. Leon is a great example.

Laid off at 51, he’s had a hard time finding a job. It’s not because he’s lazy. He wants to work hard. He will happily scrub dishes until they are spotless. But his age, combined with his skill-set, have made it easy for employers to pass him over.

That’s changing because of friends like you and the Feed Hope Kitchen Program.

“I want to learn another trade,” Leon says. “I thought Feed Hope Kitchen was a great opportunity.”

Leon is learning so much—he even made a killer teriyaki sauce the other day. I wish you could have tasted it.

“If the Mission wasn’t here, I would be on the street. I don’t know what I would do,” he says. “This place is awesome. I hear it’s one of the best in the country.”

They don’t hand out awards for the best rescue mission, so I don’t know how we stack up. But I do know that here in Snohomish County, we are the only shelter for men—and one of the largest for women and children.

With the support and prayers of friends like you, we are doing everything we can to help people like Leon escape homelessness so they can join us in making our community an even better place.

“It makes me feel good to make a meal for somebody,” Leon says.

I bet you can relate. Doesn’t it feel good to know you are feeding someone and giving them a fresh start?

May God bless you for everything you do!

*Name changed to protect privacy.