Today’s column is different. While it’s still about money and investing, it’s also full of hope and happy outcomes. It’s… nice. In other words, this column is very unlike me. If you’re a regular Wells $treet reader, it’s probably unlike you, too. But let’s give it a shot. Why? Because most of us know someone, maybe even love someone, who seems beyond redemption.
@janewells nails it again. Thanks. It's nice to hear positive stories in our somewhat chaotic world. Gives us hope!
thank you, Jane
The best part of the Salvation Army is that such a huge percentage of the donations go to the mission and not to the missionaries. I believe they're the leading charity in this regard virtually every year.
Jane, This is a heart warming piece. I always love these stories about people who have put together a recovery story. Wells done.
I have a close family member who has been on the oxycontin-opioid roller coaster for 20 years. I want to know where the $Billions upon $Billions gained by legal proceedings against the drug producers, and pharma suppliers has gone. It seems to me that there should be plenty of money out there to design and support recovery programs. In retrospect given the enormity of the opioid problem in the US lay with those who should have been guarding the door. The NIH, FDA, CDC, AMA and Congress provided failed oversight. The alarms should have gone off in the late 90's. These victims suffer from serious mental and health challenges. Even worse many are felons. There is no love for these folks.
Thank you Jane for this important reminder that not all charitable organizations are sketchy. Sure we need to vet where we chose to give to maximize the benefits to mankind.
I taught with a guy that was with the Salvation army for years--his father was an officer, and when his mom died when he was a boy, it was the S.A. who basically helped raise him alongside his dad. He still blows trumpet for them here in the PNW when they ask. He retired before I did, he's a Vietnam Vet, and moved up here not far from where we are. We have coffee every week. I believe in those miracles.
Enormously proud of and always touched by our Hospitality House residents, staff, and leadership who are all working together to make miracles become reality. Thank you so much, Jane for this insightful and wonderful article!
Sometimes turning on the smallest flashlight is all you need to see a smile. When that smile is suddenly in the light, others start to shine, seemingly out of nowhere..... :-)