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Little Things Add Up
October 19, 2017

I love the annual Ending Homelessness Together fundraising luncheon because it reminds me that little things add up.

Looking out at the crowd gathered for the event, you can't help but see the truth of this. Each person in the room is invited by someone. There is a conversation. Maybe it's between two friends on a quiet walk around the lake. Maybe it's over the phone between two people who have never met or spoken before.
 

The small things we do, when we do them as part of a community, can make big things happen.

Whatever the case, when someone shares with another person their story about why they care about homelessness -- why it touches their heart so deeply, why they work to end homelessness in our community --  the person listening is inspired to care, too. Little by little, conversation by conversation, a sense of mission spreads. It passes from person to person like a flame passing from candle to candle until it creates the coalition of hundreds that gather for the Ending Homelessness Together luncheon every year.

Little things add up.

It's good to be reminded of this.  That's because the small things we do, when we do them as part of a community, can make big things happen. It's an antidote to the discouragement any of us can feel from time to time, an incentive to keep going when things get hard.

Our collective concern about homelessness and common mission to end it serve to unite us, and together we're strong. Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live, everyone deserves a place to call "home." Together,  we can make this vision a reality.
 

Ingrid Young
Ingrid Young is a member of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis.