Tamara: Why do you give to L’Arche Portland?
Mark: You can invest by donating to a nonprofit and not really see up close how it makes an impact. What I love about L’Arche Portland is that I can make a financial investment, but I can also invest personally by building friendships with the core members. And that personal investment is really important to me. Everyone has the ability to help people’s lives in one way or another, and I’ve been fortunate to be able todo so in multiple ways.
Tamara: How has your relationship with the community changed since you began supporting L’Arche?
Mark: Well, I was drawn first to the core members of the community - Ben and Adam and Joni and the others - and that’s why I started giving initially. But as I’ve come to know L’Arche more intimately, I’ve also been impressed by the assistants. When I walk in the door of one of the homes and meet them, I can really see how they truly care for the core members. Their passion for being a part of their lives moves me. And it inspires me to keep supporting this work.