For many American homeowners, the economic recession has dealt a harsh,
sustained set of blows. Unemployment rates remain perilously high, and foreclosures
continue apace. While most states have experienced their share of miseries,
Michigan in particular has borne the brunt of bad times. Fortunately, an
organization exists whose sole purpose is to assist those who desperately
need a helping hand.
Founded in late 2004, Community Sharing is a non-profit outreach agency
that serves food and provides support to hundreds of families and their
companion animals. While they do not rescue pets directly, they save them
every day. Community Sharing provides food, veterinary care and pet supplies,
allowing families in financial straights to keep their companion animals
at home, where they belong, keeping families together.
But that’s not all. This compassionate group’s greater mission is the
provision of food, clothing, educational and emergency financial assistance
to those in need while respecting their dignity and fostering their future
independence. The vast majority of their aid recipients include the recently
unemployed and the working poor. Overseen by a board of twelve members and
operated by a group of over 100 volunteers, Community Sharing provides support
to over 300 families and more than 1,000 individuals every month. Doing
their level best to keep up with the prolonged needs of their fellow citizens,
Community Sharing has pursued their mission of caring with unrelenting resolve.
When speaking about their work, Community Sharing shared the following
quote from Henry David Thoreau: “It often happens that a man is more humanely
related to a cat or dog than to any human being.” They know too well that
when a pet parent is separated from a companion animal, especially due to
financial hardship, spirits can be broken. For people without any other
family besides a cat or a dog, losing this last emotional connection can
be devastating. As their volunteers have witnessed firsthand, hard times
become infinitely more difficult to bear without hope, without a positive
relationship to help keep you going. More...