“You don’t have to be a Rockafella to help a fella”
Although I’m neither Methodist nor a resident of the Tenderloin, I could not be more passionate about the purpose of Glide Memorial—a place where unconditional love changes lives. And hope triumphs over sorrow.
My grandmother (I know, you thought Mister Archer was raised by a pack of wolves), who fled Czechoslovakia on the last train before WWII started and the borders closed, regularly shared inspirational stories from her unimaginable ordeals. Her favorite quote though was from a German Pastor, Martin Niemöller, who spoke out about the inactivity of his countrymen during these wretched times.
“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then… they came for me… And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”
We all are fortunate to have devoted friends and loving families. For those in San Francisco, I have found volunteering to serve a meal at Glide to be incredibly rewarding. I will be organizing a team in middle July for anyone that would like to participate.
Email me at: Kevin [at] MisterArcher [dot] com
Till next time!
p.s. I appreciate you indulging me here as this is the first, and probably the last time I will slip into my own personal narrative. If this is my Jerry Maguire moment, I thank you for looking the other way. I have personally been touched by all the help and support from you and my other altruistic friends this year. I look forward to my opportunity to return the favor in the future.
Glide Memorial Meals Program
330 Ellis St.,
San Francisco, CA 94102