This weekend, I sat down with my friend Andrea’s four cats to get their take on Giving Tuesday. After a long discussion about our mission and their priorities, they resoundingly agreed that Hyacinth’s Place will be their charity of choice tomorrow. Here’s why, in their own words. (You can donate through the PayPal giving fund and they will match a portion of your gift! Just search for Hyacinth’s Place).
Our residents who attend school or have internships use the on-site computers for research, homework, and signing up for classes. Others do job searches and build their resumes. Our computer lab is also a great spot for checking NFL stats and working on poetry and other creative writing. And birdies.
The kitties were pleased to hear about our awesome volunteer chefs, who whip up delicious lunches and dinners. They weren’t as interested in the the cooking classes and tips on nutrition and meal planning because their humans feed them, and why plan meals when the only thing you need is fish? But at Hyacinth’s Place, we like a little more variety and think it’s fun to experiment with new ingredients. (Are you a cook and want to flex your recipe-making muscles? Fill out an application here.)
We love our social media! We’re on top of local and national issues related to housing, homelessness, and mental and physical health. We live-Tweet D.C. City Council hearings, post pics from community events we attend, and share the latest news from Hyacinth’s. And after this interview, I promised our new supporters we’d Tweet updates about all catnip-related legislation. Sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in touch!
We were honored that NBC 4 aired a segment on Hyacinth’s Place. It featured an interview with Executive Director Urla Barrow, who discussed our mission to break the cycle of homelessness by offering housing that’s paired with supportive services. It also gave a tour of our facilities and Dynise, one of our residents, read aloud one of the poems she had been working on! You can watch the segment on our homepage.
These cats know the purpose of cleaning supplies: so their humans can make room for new messes! A small donation can help keep our cleaning supplies well-stocked (we promise we don’t go around shredding things).
The kitties really related to having a green space for meditation and relaxation. So they were excited to hear about our healing garden, the herbs we grow on the balcony, and our plans for planting native trees in the yard this coming year.
OK, don’t tell them I fudged a little, we don’t have magical fountains. But each of our 15 private efficiency units has a kitchenette with sink and a full bathroom, and we have on-site laundry (and of course, we have to keep the garden green). A donation of $50 will cover the equivalent of one woman’s water bill for a month.
These kitties understand the importance of a full shopping bag. Your donation of $20 will give one woman groceries for a week; $80 will cover a month!
Andrea’s kitties value their naps above all else, and were shocked to hear that not everyone has a warm place to sleep uninterrupted. Once I talked to them about the affordable-housing crisis in D.C., the kitties were all on board with investing in places like Hyacinth’s that are dedicated to ending homelessness and giving everyone a safe, private place to take naps.
After we discussed everything Hyacinth’s has to offer, the kitties agreed that we share many of the same priorities. They offered up their hypnosis skills to help me recruit donors, volunteers, in-kind donations, and social-media followers. I thought it was a nice gesture so I accepted, but we at Hyacinth’s know that you have many choices on #GivingTuesday, and we hope that you will consider us! You can donate here (just search for Hyacinth’s Place, and PayPal will match a portion of your gift), or check out this roundup of the other ways you can help support Hyacinth’s Place this holiday season.
Many warm thanks,
Vanessa, Tigger, Tommy, Daisy, and Cleo