Legacy – What We Leave Behind
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am a donor. I give money to several organizations that promote values that are important to me. I am a significant donor to Shelter Care. I believe in the mission and ministry of Shelter Care, and I am inspired by the work the staff does on behalf of our members and residents. Everyday, I am witness to small acts of grace and loving kindness. For me, Shelter Care is an organization that reflects the heart of my faith life – to live the gospel joyously in service to others. For these reasons and because I am a giver, I can, with a full heart, ask others to give.
Donors provide abundance and the tools for Shelter Care to continue the work we do in the community free from anxiety. My donation does that, your donation does that. It brings peace to the organization. In reading the Emerson quote at the top of the page, I know that if my donation has caused one life to breathe easier, I have succeeded.
Time and talent are valuable resources for Shelter Care. However, money is a tool that allows us the freedom to develop programs, expand services and reach out to new members/residents within our community. I am reminded of the words of Ghandi when he said, “Money is not only a tool, it is a weapon against violence and injustice.” Join me in ending the curse of poverty and homelessness in Rockford. Give Shelter Care the tools – be a donor.
The Rev. Louisett M. Ness | Executive Director | Shelter Care Ministries
Monthly – a monthly gift is taken out of your bank account and deposited to the Shelter Care Account. Research has shown that people who give monthly increase their giving in substantial ways. A monthly gift is regular, dependable income that is used to pay our bills, much like your home account. Knowing what comes in monthly allows us to budget our expenses more responsibly.
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” Woodrow Wilson