The Star Thrower
from the story by Loren Eiseley
Today, I am asking you to be a star thrower.
If you get my newsletter, if you follow me on Facebook, or you talk with me occasionally, you know that for about a decade, I have been working with Jennifer McIntyre — a woman who came to me for a Tarot reading right before she was sent to prison. She reached out to me while she was there, even though we’d only met that once. She just didn’t have anywhere else to turn.
We have become friends over the past ten years, corresponding and talking on the phone regularly. I have come to know her as a warm, intelligent, kind-hearted woman who got mixed up with the wrong crowd and has paid a terrible price.
She was released from prison the day before Thanksgiving in a small NC mountain town with few jobs, minimal public transportation, and a sketchy transitional living arrangement that failed her.
For almost a month, she has been scrambling every waking moment to avoid ending up on the street.
The Tide is Going Out – Your Help is Needed
This week, she moved to a recovery facility in Salisbury, NC, that provides support for addicted and alcoholic parolees. But their strict programs and curtailed autonomy are very disheartening for Jennifer — she has never been involved with drugs or even alcohol. But it was the only feasible option in the emergency, and she at least has free housing for the next 30 days.
After that? Who knows.
In other words, she is one of the many, many “starfish” in our world today, who have been beached; dangerously falling through disintegrating social supports, and unable to make it back to the nurturing systems that ensure survival.
So I started an IndieGoGo fundraiser to help Jennifer find a home.
Please Make a Difference
If you are reading this from a warm room of your own, with food in your fridge, and money in your pocket, I am asking you to give thanks by paying a little of your good fortune forward.
Jennifer is a deserving, hard-working woman with a surprisingly great attitude, considering all she’s been through. She has certainly paid her dues and then some. She is trying her best to establish a secure, safe life for herself.
But she needs some help.
She is going to need at least the first and last month’s rent, a deposit, utilities, and other basic necessities.
Our campaign ends on Sunday. We need to make up the $200 taken out (but not reflected in the total) that was used to move her to the current facility.
But wouldn’t it be great to go way over the top? Together, we can give her a real chance for a fresh start.
Every single dollar we collect is sending Jennifer the message that even strangers can be angels in disguise. That she is supported in her efforts to begin a wiser, better life for herself. That she has a nest egg waiting for her that will give her empowered options.
And that she matters.
We need you. Please look into your heart, and help as generously as you can. Share with your friends. And make a huge, life-affirming impact for a star who just needs a helping hand.
May your blessings be returned to you many times. Thank you.