When we began Here to
Help in 2007 we knew we wanted to be different than all other Private
We wanted to be
hands on and address the needs of individuals who were facing an emergency
situation. This included individuals being evicted from their residence or
needing a vehicle to get to and from work or fleeing from domestic violence and
needing help with first month’s rent at a new residence. There were
really no available resources for these individuals who were at a critical
point in their life and facing an emergency.
We didn’t know how we could possibly help
all of the people that were in need and were uncertain as to what kind of
impact we could truly make. But we wanted to try. Just around that time
we stumbled upon a story that resonated with us. The "Starfish
Story” is as follows:
While walking along a beach, an elderly
gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and
throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the
figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each
one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out,
"Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and
replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, "I
must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, "The
sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer
commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and
miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t
possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he
bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean
past the breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that
That simple story was a source of
inspiration and the premise of Here to Help when we began and remains the same
We know there is a tremendous amount of
need in our community. We also realize we are unable to help everyone.
But just as the young man in the "Starfish Story,” we are trying to help
as many people as we can and making a difference, one person at a time.