Why I’m Pledging my “Stimulus” Check to Rose Haven
(From a recent letter by a Rose Haven supporter.)
Rose Haven is on my short-list of vital charities. The staff and volunteers work endlessly to help abused, homeless and at-risk women and kids with a variety of essential services. But you know that already.
When I saw today’s news that the President (Trump) finally signed the $900 billion relief package, I was first pleased and then fully disgusted. At the expense of the staggering growing number of unemployed, what could have been a useful and much-needed additional assistance to them, instead degenerated to a $600 offering to most every American who is not already doing very well economically. We have been in a pandemic for a year now. One would have expected far more out of our national leaders. It breaks my heart. (But, that is my personal opinion.)
Like most Americans I should receive the so-called “stimulus” money sometime in January. I believe that for most people the $600 amount will be appreciated, will allow them to buy food and some other immediate necessities. But not much else. For them it is not a stimulus as it is a little something for now—to keep one’s head above water. Like a tiny life preserver in the middle of the sea.
For me, the $600 amount will be, ironically, a stimulus. Since I am currently living in an affordable place and have some savings, I am not yet in financial dire straits. Therefore, I am very much stimulated to donate that amount to an organization that will invest it into something life-sustaining. Since I am not unemployed, I did not count on receiving anything in the first place. I feel that I can live without it. And considering the economic realities and limits of our city, state, and federal government, I would rather it go to where it is truly needed.
Recently, I saw a posting on Rose Haven’s website about a building campaign. The organization has been operating in a church basement since its inception. They have, without question, outgrown that space. And with the economic uncertainties to come (which is an understatement), Rose Haven will need a much larger facility, more staff, and more generous supporters. Although I may not be able to give another donation of this size again, I will gladly do so now. I think it is a wise investment, as well as my personal protest to the inadequacies of this government spending plan that we the taxpayers are paying for.
Best wishes to all of you front-line staffers at Rose Haven,