“The Local transformed my life”


Dear Friend of The Local,

On behalf of the whole team at The Local, I’d like to wish you a very happy holiday! I’d also like to tell you a bit about what The Local means to me.


In July 2013, I was placed in temporary emergency shelter, homeless and hitting rock bottom after decades of severe drug addictions. I was so depressed I wouldn’t eat. I was killing myself off slowly.

When I walked into The Local, the atmosphere in my life changed. The smell of wonderful food being prepared filled me with hope. I started making friends at the Monday night community meal. I took the Community Action Training and started to feel empowered to make more changes in my life. With the help of The Local’s Peer Advocates, I was able to get my own apartment, and keep myself clean. The Local not only provided me with healthy food but also gave me the ability to see I wasn’t alone in my struggles.

Then, the day came this past summer when I got my first job in over ten years. The Local was my link to the resources that I needed when I was suffering in poverty—not just to get by but to help me get to a better place.

Please consider giving the gift of health, hope and community this holiday season. By helping to support the services and programs at The Local, you are giving people like me the opportunity to transform their lives. Thank you.



Bruce's signature



$10 is enough to pay for a family’s meal at the Monday night community dinner
$25 supports on Peer Advocate shift
$100 pays for one week of the free drop-in food gardening program in the greenhouse and gardens
$1200 sponsors a full program session for youth-at-risk in the kitchen