During the cold winter months, North Idaho can be a dark and frigid existence. Without the proper means or ability to warm one’s home, things can turn quickly to a life-or-death emergency. Who better to step up in an emergency than a community who is looking to do something miraculous for their neighbors?
“In 2017, a woman I knew in the community contacted me. Her husband was disabled, and they needed firewood,” recalled Paul Krames, founder of Firewood Rescue. “I knew that the VFW was providing firewood to veterans, so I contacted a guy I knew who was providing wood off his property.
The numbers in what’s being called the greatest wealth transfer in history are simply staggering. The Silent Generation and Baby Boomers have spent a lifetime accumulating retirement savings, assets, properties and other forms of wealth. According to research and analytic firm Cerulli Associates, nearly 45 million U.S. households will transfer a total of $68.4 trillion in wealth to heirs and charity over the course of the next 25 years. About $30 trillion of that could come in just the next 15 years. It is truly a difficult number to comprehend, and this transfer will have far-reaching effects on just about every aspect of our daily lives.
It all started on the corner of Church and Third Street when an individual donated a two-story apartment building to create Bonner Homeless Transitions (BHT) in 1991. The only problem was, due to city ordinance, the building had to be moved from its Church and Third location to a new location on Florence and Michigan. Luckily, an anonymous benefactor donated the funds needed to move the building, which they did by night, all in the name of their mission to help combat homelessness—a mantra that continues to fuel their desire to expand their operations and tackle new challenges through friendraising and fundraising.
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