Sometimes life hits you where it hurts.  Several years ago, I lost my job in another city and couldn't find another job.  I was fortunate enough to work part time hosting a television show and collecting unemployment.  (Here are a few links, here and here, that explain how I lost my job.)  Like many, I was struggling to pay my bills and feared that I, along with my two dogs, would be homeless.  It was the first time in my life that I feared for my future. (and I've been fired more than most media folks, some would call it a curse, I call it a blessing.)

I was fortunate that I had friends who helped me by sharing meals and support.  I will always be grateful to Ruthie and Gary of Mars Lanes in Mars, Pennsylvania for their love and kindness.  I learned so much about giving from them.

After several months, I was hired to host the morning show on KIDO Talk Radio.  I had trouble selling my home in Pittsburgh while renting a home in Meridian.  I would've lost that home if not for the generosity of my family.   My family saved me.  However, what would've happened if my family couldn't have helped me?  Or if I didn't have a family safety net?

The Boise Rescue Mission is that family safety net for everyone in the Treasure Valley.  Whether it's loss of a job or fighting addiction, the Boise Rescue Mission is there for those in need.  Years ago, I lived at the River of Life in downtown Boise to experience life at the Mission.  KTVB's Maggie O'Mara stopped by to join me at the Mission.

The holidays are just around the corner.  Please consider helping us till Saturday at the Nampa Wal Mart between Garrity and Franklin or donate online here.