I’ll show them round the house
to my bed
I’ve had it made
like a mountain range
with a snow white pillow
I am on the Board of an amazing organization called Hope Communities (Hopecommunities.org) Hope is an affordable housing provider with over 200 rental units, and one of the largest buildings we own is in a part of town that is quickly transforming into an amazing neighborhood of refugees from Burma. These are true refugees, people displaced from their homes to camps in other countries, sleeping on the ground in tents in Thailand for DECADES. The UN finally declares them refugees and they are given an opportunity to resettle in other countries, and some how an entire community has developed in Aurora, Colorado.
What I love about Hope is the mission can be summed up as Making Housing Home. Our programs are a combination of ‘Whatta ya need?’ and ‘Whatta ya want?’
Need affordable housing? Check.
Need food? Check.
Halal? Hmm, where can we find goats and a place to butcher around here.
Want to begin to be self sufficient and community? Let’s convert this apartment into a weaving room so you can gather as a community, practice your art, AND make some money.
Want fresher food than you get at a food bank? Grass is over-rated, let’s turn this lawn into a community garden.
Need seeds to populate this community garden? Let’s get some donated seeds and plants, from A to Zucchini.
Now that the zucchini are as big as your arm you tell us you don’t eat zucchini? We’ll give them to board members, crazy Americans eat anything.
Anyway, I took my share of zucchini home and S worked her magic on them.
SO… to the point of this post. If your in Denver and want to help us eat about of gross of zucchini muffins, let me know.
If you go to
and skip to Act 2 in about 12 minutes the guys at NPR’s Planet Money describe the stupid and convoluted reasons health insurance is the way it is. It’ll make you sad and mad.