Monday, October 18, 2010

My Annual Begging Letter

Welcome is a safety net for so many individuals who are homeless and hungry in San Francisco, but now we need your help to restore Welcome's fiscal safety net. Please help us raise the $20,000 we need to restore our savings and endowment funds to its 2008 level.

Your support now, will enable Welcome to spend less time fundraising, and more time giving one-on-one support to our guests, enabling them to move indoors, live more independently and participate more fully in their community.

Even in the midst of economic difficulties, Welcome has continued to enable individuals and congregations to participate in creative projects that address the core causes of hunger and homelessness.

This year, our community gardening project created gardens at Bethlehem Lutheran in West Oakland, Shepherd of the Hills in Berkeley, St. Mark's and St. Paulus Lutheran churches in San Francisco. To date, these gardens have harvested more than 2,400 pounds of produce which was given away for free. Our new program, Project Faith Connect (PFC) organized faith groups to make 1,000 sack lunches so that participants at the Golden Gate Park Project Homeless Connect could gain access to the vital health, city and non-profit organizations and complete in a day what would typically take months. In partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council, we'll be collecting 2,500 blankets for the homeless in December. Our Saturday dinners have enabled more than 6,000 hungry individuals to eat a restaurant quality meal with volunteers at the only free meal available in San Francisco on a Saturday night.

This October 23rd through 30th, I'll once again be sleeping on the streets of San Francisco to bring attention to homelessness and literally begging you to support the life saving work that Welcome provides. I invite you to follow my blogging from the streets at:

I beg you to send as little or as much as you can to support my street retreat and Welcome.

Faithfuly yours,

Rev. Megan Rohrer
Executive Director

P.S. I beg, so hundreds of others don't have to. Your support now enables those with the least to have food and pastoral support.

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