WOW.

Summer has flown by! I realized that I have not written anything about our Celebrate Seven Anniversary event since May.

(“Bad Sid. Sit. Sit…. Write!”) So here is a quick post to bring you up to date.

So far, we have worked with the Missoula Food Bank, Missoula Children’s Theater, Missoula International School, and the S.O.W.E.R.S. program. And have been blessed to donate over $3000 to date.

THIS month, we have been working with Watson’s Childrens Shelter. I recently had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with the director, Fran Albrecht. Not only is she a dynamic lady, they run a great program. They provide a safe and nurturing environment for children in need, from toddlers to 14 years old. And they house and care for over 100 kids a year.

In front of the new home on Buckhouse Lane.

Several people have asked me,

“Why Watson’s?” and here is why…

Several years ago, I was cleaning windows inside the playland at the McDonalds on Brooks. So, I was climbing all over the big play structure, thinking to myself, “Cool! I always wanted to play in one of these, but couldn’t because I am too big. Now I get to play on it and get paid, too.”

Anytime I am cleaning glass and there are kids around, a barrage of questions follow: “What are you doing?” “What is that thing in your hand?” “What’s your name?” “Why are you climbing this?” “Aren’t you too big?” “What are you doing?” “What are…..?” And on and on.

While I was working, these 2 little girls started playing on the slide, and the questions began. I asked their names and talked to them, answering their questions. They were twins, about 5 or 6 years old. And as sweet as little girls should be. Then one volunteered, “We are here with our Grandma. She is taking us on a field trip!”

And the other said, “We live at the shelter.” Then the other said something that shocked me and broke my heart at the same time… “Yeah. Our mommy is in jail for having sex with bad men for drugs.”

I was stunned and almost fell off the top of the slide. Here these sweet little girls had gone through who knows what difficult times, and talked about it so matter-of-factly. Way too mature for 6 year olds.

Later, I found out about shelters in the area, and began to donate kids items to help out. Denise and I even considered adopting or becoming foster parents to help some children. (As soon as we started looking into adoption… we found out she was expecting :)

So, we have been supporting the Watsons Children Shelter since. Learn more about them here: http://www.shelter4children.com/

When I was visiting, the final touches were being put on the playground in the back yard. Yes, I wanted to go play on it…. Maybe next time? :)

New playground almost complete.

I am so thankful we have such a great place here in Missoula to take care of children when they are in need. And it is fantastic to see the community come together to help build a second shelter to take care of more kids.

We are blessed to be a partner in our community, too.

 

 

What’s next? Will there be another update before 2011? Yes, indeed. I have a lot of cool news to share with you about Spectrum Window Cleaning.

The short answer to “What’s next?” is: Sussex in September.

Sussex School is a parent cooperative school and celebrating 40 years in Missoula this year! Sussex will be our giving partner for September. We will donate to Sussex 10% of the proceeds from all residential window cleaning in the month of September.

More coming soon!

Keep it clean,
Sid Graef