Generosity in Practice

Irit UmaniIt is a generous and kind heart that leads us to share our wealth with others, especially when “others” are outside our circle of immediate family and close friends. I am often humbled and always deeply grateful for the generosity that is constantly being shown to Trinity Center. This year even more so, I am actually amazed.

This past Sunday Trinity Center was presented with a very generous $10,000 check from St. David’s Episcopal Church Bridge Builders. As we stood in the historic sanctuary to receive this wonderful gift, we were overwhelmed with gratitude for the ongoing love and support that we experience every day in our St. David’s home. Without the boundless generosity of St. David’s, we could not remain a thriving community center for our homeless brothers and sisters.

Additionally, our major fundraising event, The Barbara Jordan Celebration on May 29, was successful beyond all our expectations. To all who participated, made contributions, shared their generosity with us, we bow to you in deep gratitude.

Special thanks go to Kelly Talbert, Riki Rushing, Merrell Ann Shearer and Diane Holloway for months of work that led us to this success. Contributions ranged from $100 to $10,000 for a total of a little over $100,000! Special thanks to Robin and Gene Shepherd, Frana Keith, Kelly and Lewis Talbert, Riki Rushing and Allen Gilmer, Betsy and Hughes Abell and Martha and Don DeGrasse. Thank you to Deborah and Bill Fowler, Jennifer and Mike Gerber, Jim and Leila Lederer, Sondra Murray, Louise and Peter Pincoffs, Catherine Robb, Minerva and Paul Skeith, Cissy and Mark Warner — all sponsors of the event. Thank you to those who gave $100 and those who gave $10,000. All ar efriends, supporters and lovers of compassionate action.

We also give thanks and praise to The Lola Wright Foundation, the Lowe Foundation, the Donald D. Hammill Foundation, Religious Coalition to Assist the Homeless and to Grande Communications for awarding Trinity grants. We have been blessed beyond measure.

Last week I received an e-mail from a dear friend announcing that Rabbi Zalman Schechter-Shalomi, a spiritual teacher and leader of the movement of Jewish Renewal, is ill. People were asked to recite specific Psalms for his healing. The interesting addition to this request was a reminder that Rabbi Zalman taught that when praying for a person’s healing it is helpful and good to add to the prayers an act of generosity. It was a reminder that the practice of prayer needs to be joined by the practice of generosity. May our acts of generosity be helpful to all sentient beings, and may the joy of giving strengthen our health and happiness and the well-being of all.

The commitment of Trinity Center’s staff, board of directors and volunteers is to serve well, to walk humbly and to love our neighbors.

Be blessed and bless,

Irit Umani – Executive Director

irit@trinitycenteraustin.org