July 11, 2023
Dear Friends of Harbor House,
In the wake of Independence Day, we remember those who have lived their lives in the service of others. There’s so much to be grateful for in our country, and still so much work to do.
Affordable Housing is a loaded topic for many people. For those of us who walk alongside the
working poor, it is a precious ideal and, for some of us, it is even a Godly mandate. What a real community we can be when the people who pour our coffee, clear our dirty plates in restaurants, change the sheets and clean the toilets in our hotel rooms and our own homes, can live and work beside us as neighbors. It is an ideal that is worth fighting for when we know the stories of these workers. Most of our hospitality workers have two jobs in order to make ends meet. While their wages remain stagnant, our community grows more exclusive.
Poverty is increasing among our elderly neighbors and Harbor House staff are working hard
every day to assist them. Widows and widowers are struggling daily to make ends meet on one income. So many of these elderly people did all the right things: worked hard, paid their taxes, and yet, in their later years, are left to struggle for every comfort they so deserve.
We are so grateful for every meal you provide, every hour you volunteer, every dollar you donate to enable us to help those struggling to pay high rents, record high utilities, and rising costs of daily life.
We are only able to do the important work we do because of your goodness and generosity.
Director of Harbor House