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July 24, 2009

By Karen Stewart, Program Partner Liaison

I’ve been thinking a lot about our Program Partners lately… And my thoughts continue to focus on motivation, similarities and differences.

What motivates each Program Partner to donate money and provide mentors to meet with our client families on a weekly basis? Each wants to share their resources and talents to help their communities and neighbors. Each has the passion to want to make a difference in the life of one homeless family. Each believes that teaching one to fish is much more life-giving than handing one a fish.

How are our Program Partners alike? How are they different? We currently have a relationship with 44 partners. Some are small to medium sized faith communities…others are medium to large sized faith communities or community-based action groups.  In addition we are in dialogue with prospective program partners that will open new learning opportunities.  A mosque, a corporation and a faith community want to join us as Program Partners 45, 46 and 47.  We are thrilled to add new faith partners and new program partner models to our team.

Each Program Partner represents great diversity in beliefs, size and geographic location. When you look at each individually, there are no two exactly alike. At first glance, each is very different from one another, and yet upon further study, you will find more similarities than differences.

I am so proud of the hundreds of men and women who share our mission.  It seems to me, that in the end, we all have so much more in common than first observed. I guess when it comes right down to it, we all believe that doing something the best we can is better than doing nothing and just wishing there was something we could do…

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