Have I Done Any Good?

HOMELESSNESS

Yesterday, I felt discouraged. To provide hotel shelter for 100 homeless individuals in Utah County throughout the winter months, we would need
to raise around $540,000. As of Monday, December 22, my blog campaign
had collected $1,450. I am so grateful for your generous contributions, but I confess feeling overwhelmed by the larger need.

Sunday, when I drove through Provo, I saw a man sitting at the intersection
of University Avenue and Center Street. I parked close to him and invited a conversation. Homeless in Provo since November, he is seeking employment, but lacks proper ID. He also needs time to search. Basic survival hampers the job hunt. I was able to get him enough support to be housed in a hotel for a full week. During that time, he will order an ID card, get on a temporary work list, and hopefully move toward full-time employment. On a wintry Provo day, one man’s future is somewhat brighter. On a personal level, however, I struggle to be content with the one.

I recently listened to a talk titled “Are We Not All Beggars?” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. His description of Mother Teresa’s approach to service was encouraging:

“A journalist once questioned Mother Teresa of Calcutta about her hopeless task of rescuing the destitute in that city. He said that, statistically speaking, she was accomplishing absolutely nothing. This remarkable little woman shot back that her work was about love, not statistics. Notwithstanding the staggering number beyond her reach, she said she could keep the commandment to love God and her neighbor by serving those within her reach with whatever resources she had.”

Each time I feel the night cold my heart aches for the many who remain unsheltered. Even so, I am also learning to find joy in simply doing what
I can, even if the extent of my personal reach is limited. Our individual efforts are more significant than we often imagine. Together, our potential for good is boundless.


Click here to access the Food and Care Coalition donation page. Under “Donation Designation,” please select “Other: Category of Your Choice,” and then type “Emergency Shelter (Wiseman)” in the comment box. Even the smallest donations make a big difference! I also sincerely appreciate your help sharing this ongoing fundraising campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Thank you!

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