As a business owner, I think it’s so important to give back to the community that has given our firm so much.  I believe that businesses making a profit should give back to those less fortunate.  And as a Christian, I believe God has called me to look where I am, thank Him for all of His provision and look around for those needing material goods and encouragement.

Our firm supports Food For Life Ministries, a ministry to the homeless in Greenville, SC.  My brother, Paul Blumer, chef and “preacher to the homeless,” runs this ministry and my family (and many other supporters) helps out.  And they (my dad writes it) have developed a blog to let the community know of what they are doing and why.  The blog is called “Homeless on Tuesday”, because that is the night Food For Life has been serving food to the homeless in Greenville for over 5 years.

This most recent post on the Homeless on Tuesday blog was very eye-opening, and poignantly makes an incredible point that we should all heed.  There are those that do not have a voice in this world: the unborn, little children and ,of course, homeless people.  Food For Life Ministries gives to the homeless when they have nothing to give back.

Here is a quote from the blog:

“They can not exercise any right for justice or equal treatment and have no influence among the community. They rely on ministries like ours to speak for them, to give them “a voice” so they can speak for themselves. We do this by listening to them and helping them without expecting anything in return. We are concerned about their health, whether they are cold at night, have any food to eat, and their spiritual condition. We speak for them each Tuesday night.”

Is there anywhere your influence could begin helping others?  Maybe your business has had a great year, and its time to say thank you – with dollars, not words.  Somebody may need you to speak for them – look around you and help “give a voice” and “lend an ear” to the less fortunate.

Thanks, Jason M. Blumer

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