Good News from the IRS – What?

It’s official! We received our tax exempt letter from the IRS. Stigma has received our 501c3 status. That means all of your generous support, all of your donations in 2020 and into the future, are fully tax deductible as you help us fight the stigmas of addiction, homelessness and poverty.

For many of you who helped us make the transition from baking bread and nourishing our community, to putting the commerce aside and staying focused on the mission, this has been a long road traveled together. We are thankful to you for coming along for the ride.

Here is a reminder of the programs operated by our nonprofit organization, Stigma:

SHOUT Sobriety – 6 Week Online Program to Help Newly Sober People Navigate Early Recovery from Alcoholism

Echoes of Recovery – A Program of Connection for the Loved Ones of Alcoholics and Heavy Drinkers

Stigmattack! – Financial Support for Homeless Students in Denver Public Schools through the DPS Homeless Education Network

Christmas in the Park – Providing Rolling Suitcases and Backpacks for our Homeless Denver Neighbors on Christmas Day

These programs all grew from seeds we planted back in the bakery days. Now, they aren’t a side project, they are the focus of all of our energies.

Addiction, homelessness and poverty feed on the stigma. We can’t win any of these battles as long as our society thinks of these as problems for someone else to fix. The stigma keeps people from seeking help, and it prevents people from getting involved. We thank you for your support of Stigma, and for your willingness to roll up your sleeves and make a difference.

Coming this Summer: Our first book is in editing right now. We don’t yet have a title, but it is all about recovery from alcoholism for both the alcoholic, and the people who love problem drinkers. Soon we’ll be offering signed copies as thank you gifts for your tax deductible donations to Stigma. More information coming soon!

Published by Matt Salis

Matt Salis is a high-functioning alcoholic in recovery who is working to end the stigma associated with addiction and related conditions such as homelessness and mental illness.

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