March 23, 2015, Williams- Today, I helped a friend haul stuff out of her old double-wide trailer, in a remote area about ten miles north of this tourist center, along Route 66. It had been her regrouping home, whilst she was decompressing from other life events. She returned to a community-based living situation, about two years ago, and is donating the trailer to Habitat for Humanity.
We had long conversations, on the way to and from the place, and I got a lot of affirmation of my life plans, as far as they go right now. This friend is another person who serves as an older sister or cousin, so this support is well-taken.
I have had a checkered relationship with Habitat for Humanity. In the ’90’s, I gave a fair amount to the charity, and its mortgage arm. Around 2005, much came to light about Habitat foreclosing on several mortgages, and evicting people. While I am now sure that some of this was fair business practice, it left a sour taste in my mouth and I no longer contributed to the charity, after 2006. My contributions resumed, briefly, last year, when my in-laws’ house here was sold, and some of the furniture went to Habitat.
I have definite criteria for my charitable contributions: The bulk of the money must go to its intended clientele, not to administration, and the charity must not do harm to that clientele, especially in the name of revenue generation. I rely on Charity Navigator, my available funds and my gut feelings, when making a contribution. So, it shall continue.