One way to have a lasting positive impact on a lot of people is to have a system that helps one family at a time, and then deploy that system over and over again across different communities.
Over the next six months, Edwards Church will be participating with 12-15 other houses of worship in Hampshire County (mostly on the east side of the river) in a campaign to raise funds, recruit volunteers, and in the process re-energize the relationship between Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity and the interfaith community.
On Sunday April 22nd two cruel events collided. The cruelty of one is obvious: Travis Reinking, a man with a history of criminal acts and mental illness, reportedly used an AR-15 assault rifle to kill four young people and wound four others at a Waffle House in Nashville. The second event was cruel only by coincidence: the NY Times ran a story headlined “The Mass-Shooting Survivor Network” by Rick Paulus.