Generosity and opportunities to learn.
This past week, I got to help a woman give a beautiful gift to one of our families. I sat down with the first person to earn his drivers license, and a volunteer from his mentor team that has been instrumental in helping him to achieve this goal, and let them know that an incredibly kind and generous woman had called a few months ago wanting to gift a used car to one of Missoula’s new families. This gift will help this family tremendously, not only for appointments and fun activities around town, but also by increasing the types and quality of employment that will be accessible to them, providing a clearer path to self sufficiency. We would love to be able to continue to help folks extend the same hand to others earning their licenses, and we already have another graduate! Please let me know if donating a vehicle might be a possibility for you!
One of the most amazing things about the work we do is how much we get to learn every moment of everyday. A few months ago, I was told that there was an arrival scheduled for a family from Eritrea. I immediately thought, “Er-i-what? Er-i-where?”. I have heard this echoed by other folks quite a few times since then, and I am so excited to learn right along with you during our third lecture in the Soft Landing Missoula Presents! series: “Eritrea: the Country, Culture, and Circumstance.” More details below. See you guys Wednesday night!
– In love and gratitude, Mary Poole
P.S. If you like the photo below of us in our sweet new hoodies, shirts, and hats, we do have them for sale! Swing by the office (939 Stephens Avenue, Suite C), or let me know if you want to check them out by sending an email to [email protected].
Eritrea: the Country, Culture and Circumstance – This Week!
We are excited to bring you our third lecture in the Soft Landing Missoula Presents! series. Join us this Wednesday, March 8th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the University Center Theater (located on the 3rd floor of the University Center on the University of Montana campus) as we explore Eritrea: the Country, Culture, and Circumstance! We recommend arriving to the University Center Theater early as we have filled the space to capacity in past lectures. More details and RSVP on Facebook!
TAKE ACTION NOW: Tell the Montana House to Stop Senate Bill 97
Right now, the Montana House is considering SB 97, which seeks to prohibit the application of any foreign law in the Montana Judicial system. This bill is a solution in search of a problem, failing to recognize that our Constitution is the highest law of the land and that the inclusion of any religious law in the court system is already strictly prohibited based on the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Instead, it’s designed as an opportunity to scapegoat and fear-monger against Muslims, including Muslim refugees. Call the legislative switchboard at (406) 444-4800 and ask to leave a message for the House Judiciary Committee. Tell them to vote no on SB 97!
We need every voice possible to stand up against this bill. We may also be sending out a separate email later this week with more information on how to help, especially if you are in, or can get to Helena! More details.
Have you recently inherited a car that isn’t being used much? Upgraded to a new car and are too busy to sell your old one? Have a husband that likes to collect cars that end up sitting in YOUR spot in the driveway? We are looking for generous individuals that are willing to donate decent, functioning cars directly to refugees who have earned their drivers licenses. If you’re interested in donating a car, please email [email protected].
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P.S. again! If you like these sweet new hoodies, shirts, and hats, we do have them for sale! Swing by the office (939 Stephens Avenue, Suite C), or let us know if you want to check them out by sending an email to [email protected].