Thoughts of Thanksgiving in Seattle

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On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the United States. About a quarter of them are children. The problem is too big for any single person to solve, but when we work together we can make a real difference.

At the end of last month, I worked with our team of consultants and Gil Makleff, UMT’s CEO, at Operation Sack Lunch (OSL) in Seattle. We chopped and glazed carrots, cooked chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, packed sack lunches, and washed dishes under the supervision of OSL’s expert chefs. Once lunch was ready, we served meals under a parking garage and to the residents at a shelter. As I talked and ate with the homeless men and women of Seattle, I was reminded how much we all have in common, and I felt proud to be part of a team that values serving others.

As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s worth remembering that we live in communities where people need our help. The number of homeless people in the US is slowly declining—it’s down about 9% since 2007. We can make a real difference when we come together as a team.