Dear Friends and Family,
If you know me, you know that I am quite shy about asking for support and I am the least active person you probably know. But I plan on participating in this virtual 5K to fight homelessness in memory of my friend, Gerald Shiroma.
You may have heard of Gerald Shiroma on the news. He was the first person on Skid Row to test positive for COVID-19. Sadly, Gerald didn't make it. It still feels quite surreal as the last memory I have of him is seeing him at our church right before everything shut down. We shared our usual hug and asked about each other's weeks as he doted on my son, Nico. The thought of going back to church and not seeing him is painful.
Gerald leaves a powerful legacy of hope. Gerald arrived at the Union Rescue Mission a few years ago in need of services. He was eventually hired by the Mission as an employee. His last years were spent serving the homeless population and volunteering at our church. I look forward to seeing him again one day in heaven.
Friends and family, I would not ask you to help me raise money for Union Rescue Mission unless I believe in them 100%. In my last four years of volunteering there, I have seen so many lives helped and changed.
The mission is needing funds, especially as they care for one the most vulnerable populations during this pandemic. The mission is also fundraising to a build a third facility just for women and children who are the fastest growing demographic among the homeless. The Union Rescue Mission is the only mission on Skid Row that never turns away a woman or child seeking emergency shelter.
Can you please help join the cause and make a donation to my campaign today?
I truly appreciate all the support I can get! Together we can make a difference!
P.S. The Union Rescue Mission and Gerald Shiroma were featured in Amazon Prime's "Regular Heroes," episode 3.