Many nonprofits have holiday honor cards like Urban Ministry Center, but we think we may have one of the oldest traditions of production. We began offering them as a beautiful way to acknowledge honor gifts in 1999, when artist Ingrid Amol’s sketched our beloved Train Depot. As a volunteer, Ingrid helped create the ArtWorks 945 program, and in 2002 we began featuring the work of artist’s in the program.
This year’s artist is Rea Murray and she chose a dove with the word blessings to honor the holiday and her extremely positive attitude and feeling that she, herself, is blessed. She has found herself homeless through the years, but says she always feels a strong message from God that she is blessed at every turn.
Rea’s source of strength in the past was her family and especially her sister, Jonnie Mae. Before Johnnie Mae passed away, she was also an ArtWorks 945 artist and interestingly, has been a past Honor Card artist (2003, 2004). You can see that, like her sister Rea, Johnnie Mae was a talented artist and her faith was also source of strength for her.
The Honor Card is intended to provide a source of inspiration and celebration for our donors, their honorees, and our neighbors. Gifts in honor are a great way to recognize someone’s importance in your life, and to give a purpose to that recognition: to share the blessing. A large percentage of our donors come back each year.
We hope you will see the value in sharing your blessings and providing a gift in honor of someone you know wants to share his/her blessings. Cards can be forwarded to you for filling out, or we will send on your behalf. The 2015 order form can be emailed to Beth Galen and donations can be made online.