Food For Thought

April 3, 2016

This weekend someone gave me an old Chinese proverb. You may have heard it before, but it gives us pause for thought.

If you want happiness for an hour…..take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day………go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year………inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime…help someone else.

Roberta and I have been happy ever since Sunday as we were able to speak with 2 gentlemen who have come away feel strongly about working to build a better life. Two gentlemen have committed to detoxification and changing their lives at our referral partner agency “Safe Refuge”. One is young and one is 56 years old and had been in the streets for several years. He had lost everything through tax evasion. Police seized everything he owned. He had been working out of his house running a successful insurance business. He has been homeless ever since. Says he kind of hid for 2 years after that. So ashamed.

He since has given back to the community by working with gang members and he has helped several get their GED and go to college. He dresses very well. Says he just wants to fit in. That includes having some beers with people. Then he admitted having too many beers, and that maybe he drinks too much and is not taking care of himself. He was coughing and kind of sick Sunday.

He has saved some of his SDI money, which he receives because he sometimes has mild seizures. Maybe it’s time to go to DMV and get his identity back and move forward. He couldn’t understand why I picked him out of the big crowd at DIC to talk with. He said it made him feel special. He says no one ever notices him and he just has been existing. He forcefully said “I’m going to do it!” I’m going tomorrow morning to Safe Refuge! Let’s say a prayer that these 2 men can come back to health and to looking for the good things in life knowing that people do care.

Dr. Graves gave us a huge donation of great shoes and we just lined them up on the patio and gave them to the guests immediately to their delight. Didn’t give clothing. The shoes were a blessing. Thank you Dr. Graves!

Sending best wishes to you as we work on our spring fundraiser Jazzy Lady to be held on April 23, 2016. We need your help to make it successful! Come join in the fun as we travel back in time to 1920!

Contact us online www.ucodic.org or call with questions (562) 582-1000.

Arlene