Michael Allen's 60th Birthday fundraiser

Michael Allen's 60th Birthday fundraiser

From Michael Allen

I'm raising money for Pathways to Housing DC, a D.C. non-profit that provides home, health and hope to more than 3,000 individuals who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness.

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Update #6

18 days ago

Thanks to friends and family that have wished me a happy birthday. I woke up this morning and was 60, but didn't have much time to think about it because we needed to be at the Marine Corps Marathon staging area by 7 a.m.

As you can see, we all finished, more or less at our projected times.

I feel grateful to still be doing this at 60, and to have used this milestone birthday to raise nearly $14,000 for Pathways to Housing DC. Thanks for everyone who has helped m on this journey.

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For my entire professional career—now over 33 years—I have been a poverty, disability and civil rights lawyer.  Throughout that time—in court cases, Congressional testimony, law review articles, media appearances speaking engagements—I have distilled this central message:  No one succeeds in life without a place to call home.  A place where you can safely close your eyes at night, and dream about what you want to achieve.  A place to store your important belongings.  A place that connects you to neighbors, and a haven to which you can return when you want to be alone. 

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Michael Allen posted a new update:
18 days ago

Update #6

Thanks to friends and family that have wished me a happy birthday. I woke up this morning and was 60, but didn't have much time to think about it because we needed to be at the Marine Corps Marathon staging area by 7 a.m.

As you can see, we all finished, more or less at our projected times.

I feel grateful to still be doing this at 60, and to have used this milestone birthday to raise nearly $14,000 for Pathways to Housing DC. Thanks for everyone who has helped m on this journey.

What else will the new decade bring?

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Michael Allen posted a new update:
20 days ago

Update #5

Check out my video update, at https://twitter.com/allencivrights/status/1056019588666875904 and share with friends and allies in the movement to end chronic homelessness.

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Michael Allen posted a new update:
21 days ago

Update #4

I have just about run out of superlatives for these updates. 119 of you have banded together to contribute $11,288 toward ending chronic homelessness in DC. Here is the third of Bernie Kleina's murals. Yes, Pathways offers "Home" and "Health," but ultimately those come along with "Hope" to reconnect with family and community. Your contributions make all this possible.

For those who will be in DC: This Saturday night (October 27) at 7:30 p.m., we are gathering with friends in the "Zoom Room" at Chevy Chase Baptist Church, 5671 Western Avenue, NW (a block from Chevy Chase Circle) for snacks and drinks and birthday cake, We'll also have a social justice singalong, led by David Shneyer. Would love to have you join me on the eve of my 60th birthday (and the marathon), and to celebrate the successful fundraising campaign.

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Michael Allen posted a new update:
22 days ago

Update #3

I am overwhelmed by the generosity of 110 friends and family members who have driven our fundraising total to $10,594, with five days left till my birthday (and marathon). Here is Bernie Kleina's rendition of "Health," the second prong of the Pathways Home, Health, Hope mantra. Your support is the precious fuel that keeps the Pathways engine running.

Please help us go beyond expectations: https://fundly.com/michael-allen-s-60th-birthday-fundraiser/

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Michael Allen posted a new update:
25 days ago

Update #2

With a week to go to my birthday and the Marine Corps Marathon, we are about to crest the 90% fundraising threshold. Thanks for helping us get this far, and let your friends know they can help us cross the finish line.

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Michael Allen posted a new update:
29 days ago

Update #1

Pathways to Housing talks about "Home, Health and Hope." The image here--care of civil rights photographer Bernie Kleina--represents that first pillar. As we have crested 85% of the fundraising goal, we celebrate your contributions to providing "Home" for clients of Pathways. Stay tuned for Bernie's renditions of "Health" and "Hope" as we climb together to the goal.

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