How it Happened

Thank you to Lammé and Associates.

The other day Dave Beck had his car broken into. The thief took his sunglasses, some spare change, and other “nuisance” items.

“They left some things I can’t believe they left,” Beck would say about it later, chuckling. “But who was that? Was it just some viagra sans ordonnance kids? Or was it a homeless kid, just trying to get by? If that’s one of those kids, and he’s not there doing that because now he’s got a place to stay and doesn’t have to sleep on the streets at night, then how does that affect my life? One of those kids might become a county commissioner, but because he doesn’t have anywhere to go, he has

to fend for himself.”

Beck is the General Manager and Director of Sales of Maranatha Broadcasting Corporation (MBC Grand) in Grand Junction, a group of eight radio stations across western Colorado, and a partner with The House.

“There’s a lot of effort and help for the older folks,” said Beck. “But kids? That’s a different story. They deserve a better shot at life.”

That made it easy for MBC Grand to come alongside The House.

“We’re an idea factory in many ways,” said Beck. “So when this project was presented before us, we developed a real passion for it and thought you know,

we can make a real difference here.”

Beginning in March 2011, Karis Executive Director John Mok-Lamme and community fundraiser Russ Schuckmann began meeting with Beck and MBC Grand to initiate the process of inviting the community into supporting the project.

“Initially the goal was to find 1,000 people to give 100 dollars,” said Beck. “And we thought, wow, get 1,000 people out of western Colorado to give 100 dollars, that’s nothing. I figured that we’d get this thing put to bed in 60-90 days. We started to get activity once we got started, but not as much as we were hoping for.”

Those 60-90 days turned into several months, and still the response was not what was hoped for.

“That was probably a sign of people not being aware of the problem,” said Beck. “I think people make the assumption that it’s not that many kids, that it’s a condition of the attitude of the child – that they’re just being rebellious – and that there are a lot of options for them to go, so why do they need one more? And of course, none of that is true.”

MBC Grand and Karis would endure many stages of resilience in developing the right message to give the community.

“It got to the point,” said Beck, “where we had to ask ourselves if we were just gonna say, ‘well, we’ve done the best we can,’ or if we were gonna double down and come up with better ideas. That’s what we decided we were gonna do. The mission was not yet accomplished, and we were committed to it.”

That response was typical of the way Beck and MBC Grand runs things.

“Our mission around here is, ‘Because we exist, this is a better place,’” said Beck. “So that puts the burden on us to make sure we’re giving back and doing good things for the clases de pastillas viagra community.”

And on May 2, the efforts of Karis and MBC Grand came to fruition when The House officially opened.

“Once there was nothing and now there is,” said Beck, with a smile. “The House created something out of nothingness. I am blown away by how much has been accomplished in the amount of time it has. It’s taken us longer than we wanted, but I think that helps us appreciate the outcome and realize that nothing comes without effort.”

According to John Mok-Lamme, the contribution of MBC Grand has been without measure.

“There would be no us without them,” said Mok-Lamme. “They have donated over $100,000 in airtime alone. They have been and continue to be superstars for us.”

Beck sees the entire process as being more than worth it.

“Supporting this project is probably the easiest, most significant difference that you can make in a life,” he said. “And I’m banking on the people at The House to see their part of the process to fruition, that they start to change these teens’ lives. And their life change will affect my life. They will no longer think like they’re just here to be fed but that they’re here to produce, to give back and become more than themselves. Man, if everybody had that attitude, think what our world would be like.”

Perhaps because of the resilience of MBC Grand, those homeless teens will also be able to say, “Because we exist, this is a better place.”

To learn more about The House and how to donate or volunteer, please visit www.thehousegj.org.

 

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