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March 2020- “Someone” should do something!

Been hearing this a lot lately:  “Where does SLF stand on the Homelessness issue?  You guys seem very quiet concerning this critical community problem. Is SLF doing anything?”        We are not offended by these comments.  It’s our mission to support and magnify the...

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February 2020- Salem’s African-American Community

(Inspired by Pastor Ben McBride’s recent visit to Salem) When I think of my childhood friend Larry Wilson, I remember the little yellow house on Lincoln Street where his family lived.  It was across from Tim McFetridge’s house along the alley above Baker Elementary...

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January 2020- 68 Tons of Apples for Christmas!

Even though I’m the grey beard (literally) at SLF, I’m not the only one deploying our methodology of bridge-building.  After 23 years it’s very gratifying to see how our Staff (and our Board!) practice hospitality, ministry entrepreneurship, problem-solving,...

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Dec. 2019- Fear Not! Christmas According to Linus

Jennifer used to work in the Nordstrom corporate offices, and it was kinda cool to get perspectives on the storied Seattle retailer from ‘behind the curtain’.  Among many creeds, lore and traditions was the case of the lady who returned (and got a refund for!) a set...

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November 2019- Jacks of All Trades

We get to have a lot of fun here at SLF.  Our chief program is to help the programs of other nonprofits, schools and ministries be successful.  Even though each member of our SLF team personally serves (we call them “immersion experiences”), our work is not geared to...

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October 2019- A City moving toward an Outward Mindset

Years ago, Matt Boda gave me a book.  I had hit a few speed bumps with our growing team at SLF and—as a good friend, pastor and board member—Matt was often of sage counsel.  He gave me a book called Leadership and Self-Deception.  Not only did it help me during that...

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