“Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life. And a good life does not mean just good food, good clothes, good shelter. These are not sufficient. A good motivation is what is needed: compassion, without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their rights and human dignity.”
We want to take a moment and thank all of you, our friends and supporters, for everything you have done for us here at Journey Home. Because of your financial support, your many hours of labor, your donations of goods and services, your kind words, your beautiful letters, and your endless faith in what we do, we have been able to accomplish so much already this year. You have embodied the words above — your generosity has proven that you have an understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and your commitment to our work and our mission shows the deep respect that you have for the rights and dignity of all humanity.
I know that we often say this, but it needs to be said again and again, without all of you cheering us on and supporting us in the many ways that you do, we would not be able to keep making progress towards our goal of ending homelessness. As we begin this next fiscal year, we are keenly aware of what the support of our friends and donors has done for our tiny, but mighty, organization this past year. And we are deeply grateful. We look forward to this next year with incredible optimism. Thank you for walking this journey with us. Because of your constant support, so many people have walked on their own journey home.
And in the spirit of thanks and recognition, we would like to lift up those partners who have gone above and beyond during this last quarter. Please see below in our special “Thank You” section of this quarter’s newsletter to find out who has gone the extra mile with us on our journey together.