Take Action: Give a Hand Up

How many times have you pulled up to a stop light and seen a man or woman holding a cardboard sign, asking for help? No one likes to see people begging on street corners. You want to show care and compassion without adding to the problem, but how?

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A Legacy of Education

Milan DeRuwe grew up on a sheep farm in Southeast Washington. He knew his dad hoped he would take over the family business, but Milan dreamed of going to college to become an engineer. And that’s what he did.

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Godspeed, Randy Altmeyer

Long before Randy Altmeyer was old enough to work, he was part of the Union Gospel Mission. His dad, Harry Altmeyer, was a board member and the family helped put on chapel services at the old Men’s Shelter on Browne and Spokane Falls Blvd. Something about that experience must have stuck because Randy later chose to devote 30 years of his life to serving homeless men.

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First Impressions

This story has become a bit of an urban legend, but its veracity is authenticated by Snopes.com.

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Trace - Homeless

Trace spent 15 years intermittently homeless, fluctuating from employed to unemployed, living on the streets or in an RV without heat, running water or electricity. “A box on wheels.” The thing he longed for most? A shower.

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