For those who have been with us even a short time have heard the story about Jimmy. I met him April 26th, 2008 at Food for Thought. He was living in the river and kept asking why I was talking to him, no one had talked to him in a week. Can you imagine being so shunned no one has talked to you in a week?
Having been there myself, he is the one I told to “Ball it up and be a man for once in your life.” Turns out he did ball it up getting his own ID, and his own place.
Jimmy, Lisa his fiance, and Drew O’Donnell, head of our UT – Tent City leadership team.
We came to find out that April 26th, 2008, I messed up his plan for the day. Jimmy had decided he was going to go back to the river that day and “slip away in the water,” and he was on that very mission when I met him. To be honest, I might have thought of that too if no one had talked to us in a week. He did not feel he mattered, to anyone. Our simple attention and love for him let him know one really does matter!
I apologize. Between launching Veterans Matter, expanding Project Connect, helping Amanda with Toledo Streets, creating “Within”, planning Tent City and the 1Mile Matters walk, and oh yah… My day job as a CEO of a small search firm, I have had no time to personally blog and keep you guys up to date on Jimmy Darnell Graham.
Well, last September he came up and asked me a question that knocked the wind out of me: “Ken, this is Lisa, we have been dating a while, would you please be the best man in our wedding?” Wow.
Well this October 26th, 2013, Saturday night at Tent City, Jimmy and Lisa will be getting married at Tent City. I will be his best man. Words will not suffice, here, or there.
WeddingS: . (“Two Weddings – One Location” )
No typo in the headline. We will be having two weddings, and two receptions. (“Two Weddings – One Location” ), one of our leading Toledo Streets vendors, Quentin, and his lovely fiance Constance are also getting married. Our Tent City team is helping to plan the details for both. but this much we know. For you single ladies out there, that is double bouquet action! But thankfully, only one Chicken Dance.
With all that is going on, we are running a little (a lot) behind. This years walk to kick off Tent City is led by veterans housed by our Veterans Matter program. Registration is now open, we need your help in getting the word out. Registration is $20. For $25 you also get the awesome T-shirt. Proceeds this year go to house even more veterans.
Our Veterans Matter pilot program has now housed 130 unhoused veterans in 25 cities in four states (56 of those so far here in the Toledo Area), and over $100,000 has been raised to house veterans, half of that by Dusty Hill of ZZ Top for Houston veterans.
Volunteer Slots 70% Full
Wow, tomorrow is a month out and we already have 70% of the volunteer slots filled. That is a record. Want to volunteer, click right here.