Today Mr. Rogers would have turned 90 years old, his show 50.
Every week, with gentle words, Mr. Rogers would invite us into his lovely home and share with us lessons of practicality, altruism, and self-loving. With a penchant for honesty and connection, his warm smile offered a place of respite for hundreds of thousands of children.
We call attention to the life of such a wonderful person for one, simple reason: the mentality he shared and subscribed to provides the bedrock for the work that we, and many other community-driven organizations, do. The idea that we all share a mutual duty of looking after the world we live in and those who inhabit it, is central to our mission-- not just as a non-profit, but as people.
In his words,
"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes." -- Quoted in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
As you go about your day today, please keep in mind your “neighborhood” as Mr. Rogers would have himself. And please consider donating to Unhoused Humanity, as any contribution can have a profound effect on someone who lives there.