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Live Long and Prosper

Okay, I admit it. I’m a Trekkie. Have been ever since the age of 10 when I stayed at my granny’s house over summer vacation. She had the first color TV that I’d ever seen and the local network played reruns of the original Star Trek series. Like so many other kids, I was intensely fascinated by the imaginative stories, special effects, and that groundbreaking cast of ethnically diverse characters. In short, I was hooked.

Following the recent death of Leonard Nimoy, who played the enigmatic Spock of Vulcan, I’ve been reflecting on the basic humanity of the series and its empowering messages. The actor himself was a very spiritual person and some quotes of his that I’d not been aware of have been circulating the Internet. Perhaps you’ve seen this one:

“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.”

In January, I blogged about the “Generosity Marketplace” and the new alliance between the Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (CSSH) and A Woman’s Place (AWP) to better serve people in need in our community.

There is a natural synergy between the two organizations that may not be readily apparent at first glance: we’re often serving the same clients. This past weekend, we had the opportunity to discuss this fact on the “Life Unedited” radio show with host John Aberle. You can listen to the conversation, here.

Did you know that 50% of U.S. cities surveyed reported that domestic violence was a leading cause of homelessness? And that 46% of homeless women reported that they had previously stayed in abusive relationships because they had nowhere else to go? Fortunately, in Bucks County, thanks to the efforts of AWP and CSSH and strong support from community members such as you, they do.

CSSH is an inter-faith effort that operates the Code Blue Shelters in Bucks County. As you might imagine, the brutal, relentless cold of the past few months has made their mission extremely difficult this winter. As a result, Executive Director Jessie Alfaro says CSSH is currently in great need of several things:

  • “We need donations to keep our shelter operating, that is for sure.  We have operating expenses such as insurance, gas for the van, telephone, website, etc.”

  • “Besides that, we need new XL sweatpants, shirts, socks, and underwear for men and women.”

  • “We [also] need air mattresses that don’t have the fuzzy coating on them, and we need small denomination gift cards for food as well as gas cards.”

Clothing, gift cards, or other physical items for CSSH can be dropped off at AWP’s In Full Swing thrift store at 225 W. State Street in Doylestown during regular hours of operation (Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). This is a win-win arrangement that helps both organizations. CSSH gets the items their clients need. AWP gets new visitors to the thrift store, and 100% of any purchases they make at the store benefit AWP clients.

To make a secure online donation to CSSH, please click here.

I’ll close now with another uplifting thought from Leonard Nimoy:

“What I have given, I have gained.”

Ultimately, AWP and CSSH are both working towards the same future: a stronger, healthier, and better community… a community where everyone can flourish. No wait, make that a community where everyone can live long and prosper (sorry, I just couldn’t resist… it was futile).

Michael Hicks
Communications Manager

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