- We are getting an accurate picture of where we are as far as financial partnership. When I came into this job, I was handed a list of 300 financial partners. In reality, we are closer to 200 people who have given at all in the past year and a half and we have about 25 donations each month. This will not cut it. If we want to be a stable, community-based organization with the resources to invest in the youth of our community, we need to have 100 donations each month, ranging anywhere from $10 to $1,000. This has very little to do with my current accounts payable sheet. Joel's Place is meant to be a service organization, a group focused on transforming the lives of our youth. A group with the ability to host events, trainings, outreaches and parties in order to infuse youth culture with positive values and mentors. We can only do this if we are sent by our community. I can write grants and qualify for programs and network all day, but if the people of Interior Alaska are not regularly pouring resources into us (money, volunteer hours, vision, training, encouragement, etc.) then we will never accomplish what we are so well positioned to do. 100 gifts. Every month. That's what I'm looking for.
- The Second thing that I know is this: Our struggles are not just about us. When we have needs big enough that we cannot fill them ourselves, we come to a very special place. When the family crisis or the money shortfall or the loss of people/jobs/possessions cannot be overcome by working harder or using our precious resources, a desperation sets in. This Desperation can lead to manipulation, deceit, cruelty, hopelessness and violence. However this Desperation can also lead to humility, generosity, relationship and compassion. Our needs allow others to join our endeavors. They allow us to grow in compassion for others who are desperate. They allow us to see God where others would just give credit to chance. Our Desperation has the potential to soften our hearts towards others and transform our solitary endeavor into a communal movement, which always has more impact.
The Youth need us. We need you. Come and see what God could have in store for you.