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March 2019- The Best “No” Ever

In 23 years, it’s one of the best affirmations a donor-partner has ever shared with me.  “Sorry Sam, we aren’t going to be able to help support the YEM (year-end match) this year.”  That’s not a typo.  It was a flat “no.”  I will confess there was a time when that...

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Feb. 2019 – Hats Off to an Original Lightning Rod

Rocking babies at Family Building Blocks is a ministry? Sounds good to me, tell me more … It was 2004. Her story captured my attention. Partly because I was a founding board member of FBB, and partly because of what we do here at SLF. Carrie Maheu was explaining the...

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January 2019-Isaac’s Story

I remember the meeting in Clark Williams’ law office downtown. My friend and SLF board member Rex Robertson had invited me to meet with his dear friends Mark and Tiffany Bulgin.  They were looking to strengthen the organizational structure and expand the board of...

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Advent-Christmas 2018- A new gift from an old friend!

I got a nice gift the other day.  It’s that time of year.  It was in the form of an email sent from the Corvallis School District.  Hmm … do I know anyone who teaches in Corvallis? “It’s me, Avi Hernandez!”  My mind raced back to 2000 or 2001.  Avi was one of my...

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November 2018 – Kinda Coming Full Circle

It was a bleak day in a bleak neighborhood 15 years ago.  Tim France and I were standing in Salem Alliance’s south parking lot, surveying the Broadway strip.  Boarded-up buildings.  Used car lots.  One of those payday-loan storefronts.  Tons of litter and graffiti....

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October 2018 – Table Sitting, Setting, Serving

I’ve been in a lot of meetings lately.  But it’s a good thing.  Meetings mean tables … and we love tables.  As part of our fellowship with Street Psalms ( in Tacoma, we are digging into the concept of Table Sitting, Setting and Serving.  It’s a...

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