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So What’s In A Mailing Address Anyway?

February 9, 2015

While the number, 92,107, (which is how many pieces of mail BSM processed in 2014) is fairly impressive, the stories that come out of the mail have much more to tell. A young man just got into college with full financial aid, using this mailing address. Another gentleman got a photo ID, something that was nearly impossible before, given that his wallet containing all of his identifying documents was stolen. A woman just got food stamps, giving her the money to buy food each month. Another woman got a lifeline phone to be able to call the friends, family, and organizations to support her as she searched for a job and housing.

But don’t take our word for it. In BSM’s annual survey, many anonymous guests talked about the impact it has had on their lives: “No matter what happens, I always know where my mail will be, I am relieved about not having to get mail forwarded because of housing difficulties- it provides stability. This is BSM’s most important service.” Another said, “The mail is convenient, it’s helpful knowing it’s secure: it’s a little bit of stability and connection.”

That connection is what the mail is all about: providing a needed service that will allow people to access other services, but also to provide a friendly face, a warm greeting, and a listening ear. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we would love to have you join the mail team. BSM’s mail service would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers, who give their time each day sorting, filing, and distributing the mail. To find a time to come, visit our volunteer page, or contact Julia Wallis, our Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer@broadstreetministry.org, 215.735.4847×106) for more information.

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