Neighborlies – Round 2

It’s a helpless feeling, isn’t it. We’ve all been impacted by COVID. Many of us have had our income trimmed, but we know that so many are suffering so much worse than we are. It’s so hard to know of the suffering, to feel it in our bones, and to sit helpless doing nothing.

So don’t be helpless. Be neighborly!

Last week we asked for your help in distributing our emergency relief food bags called Neighborlies, and you responded. You cleaned out our supply of these long-shelf-life, high-protein, high-energy bags to feed our homeless and food-insecure neighbors. It’s almost too easy, really. You just put a few in your car, and when you find someone in need at a Denver intersection, you give them a Neighborly.

You cleaned us out of inventory, but we restocked and assembled more bags. Please help us get these out onto the streets and into the hands and mouths of our neighbors in need. There is no cost to you. Your job is to help us reach the people who need us. The steps are simple.

  1. Reply to this email (matt@theStigma.org) with the number of Neighborlies you’d like to pick up from the southeast side of Denver near South University and East Alameda.
  2. Give us a pickup window. It doesn’t have to be precise. Just tell us you’ll pick them up between X hour and Y hour on the date of your choice.
  3. We’ll reply with the address and pickup instructions. That’s it! Easy!

Here’s some more exciting news:

The Denver Public Schools Homeless Education Network serves over 1,000 homeless kiddos in DPS. They heard about our Neighborlies, and they are interested in us making enough to feed all of the students they serve. This project could get really impactful in a real hurry. We are currently seeking grant funding to make it happen. When we have more news, we’ll certainly share it.

For now, can you help us distribute another round of Neighborlies to our neighbors who don’t have a stable place to stay? If we all do our part, it all gets a little better, doesn’t it? Please let us know how many Neighborlies you’d like, and when we can expect you.

Let’s be part of the solution.

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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