Karen with her Thanksgiving feast!

Karen with her Thanksgiving feast!

People in Bozeman are incredibly creative and giving. One of our first families served at Family Promise of Gallatin Valley was the recipient of the generosity of a couple who choose to remain anonymous.

This couple came to me in 2007 and said they wanted to make a real difference in one family’s life. As an empty nest couple they loved to shop at Costco, but all the items were too big for the two of them. Did we have a single parent who could use extra help with groceries?

Well, we did, and her name was Karen. As the mother of two growing boys, she always made just over the limit to qualify for Food Stamps. While at Family Promise, Karen went from unemployed to employed, from homeless to sharing an apartment. With the help of our anonymous couple, she was able to save enough for her own apartment.

Every single month for over four years, this couple brought groceries to our Day Center, and Karen came to pick them up. They never met personally, but Karen always wrote monthly thank you notes and showed her appreciation for their kindness.

Karen has now been out of Family Promise for over 5 years, and is doing well. She completed the Family Promise volunteer training and her and the boys enjoy staying overnight at the church helping others. Last month Karen came and told us she had received a better paying job and wouldn’t feel right accepting more free groceries.

We talked to our anonymous couple, and wondered what their thoughts would be. They simply said, do you have another family that could use some help?

This is just one example of why I love Family Promise and our community. I think Martin Luther King said it best: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” There is no end to the possibilities – and to the difference you can make!