Lin Weeks Wilder

Lin Weeks Wilder

Christianity, faith, Happiness, Work

Giving-Why Does It Matter?

giving-why does it matter?

Giving- Why Does It Matter?

Today, I finally got my act together sufficiently to set up a monthly donation to the Reno Gospel Mission.

John and I have been attracted…called…is a better way to say it, I think,  to help those who have derailed-most because of alcohol and or drug abuse, we have learned.

For a few years, we spent some time learning about the folks who lived in what was called “tent city”in Reno. Although I am in no way an expert on the complex  problem of homelessness, I have learned a lot and have, therefore, came to some conclusions about how I feel I can help.

For me, it is in support of the Reno Gospel Mission.


I have learned enough to persuade me that the fundamental problem of homelessness lies in drug and alcohol addiction. Because they have a program based on sobriety, work and faith, I have committed to monthly support of the Reno Gospel Mission.  And I have come to believe that handing out cash to addicts is not only irresponsible but may be close to evil-whether the check comes from me or from the government.

When I finished filling out the Gospel Mission on-line form they asked if there were someone to whom I dedicated the support and I typed in the names of my sister and her oldest daughter, both of whom died from drug and alcohol addictions.

As I did this, I cried.

I have no illusions that my gift will stop homelessness but I am somewhat startled by the pleasure this simple act had given me.   And I hope that my gift gives pleasure to the sister and niece whom I could not  help while they were alive.

Giving-why does it matter?

To me- it matters to me.

0 thoughts on “Giving-Why Does It Matter?”

  1. This looks like a wonderful program. it is a hard road to get out of. I was lucky my family member did. I can see me giving to this program. thank you for the wonderful article

  2. When your heart strongly tells your to move in a direction and you do I can not discribe the absolute super super natural (spiritual) feeling. There is nothing like it . It sounds like this program has a certain amount of success. God’s blessig on the donations you make.


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Lin Wilder

Lin Wilder has a doctorate in Public Health from the UT Houston with a background in cardiopulmonary physiology, medical ethics, and hospital administration. 

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