Think Rebecca, act locally

Mary’s Place in Seattle accepts donations online. Your local shelter probably could use a hand, too.

I brought this up in comments on the previous post about Rebecca Twigg being homeless in Seattle, then thought I should drag it out front for anyone who isn’t rooting around that deeply in the digital weeds.

I dropped Charles Pelkey a note about Scott Greenstone’s story, and he spoke with Inga Thompson, and we’re all at something of a loss here.

Charles and Inga discussed a GoFundMe site that would support the shelter Rebecca’s associated with — Mary’s Place in Seattle, which will take donations online — and that may be one way forward, since Rebecca is unwilling to make a special case of herself, arguing that she is only one of many, many homeless people in the Land of the Free.

The only other thing I can think of that might have some value is to make donations to and/or do volunteer work for the homeless shelter(s) wherever you live, and do it in Rebecca’s name.

Then drop a note to Scott (, who is running Project Homeless for the Seattle Times, and he can spread the word that concerned people are taking action on Rebecca’s behalf.

Let me know if you’re doing anything and I’ll make mention of it. Here in the Duke City El Rancho Pendejo supports the Barrett Foundation Inc.


11 Responses to “Think Rebecca, act locally”

  1. SAO' Says:

    Fort Collins is always on everybody’s “best places to live“ list, but fuck if we don’t have homeless in all of our parks and someone holding a cardboard sign at just about every intersection .

    I don’t want to sound like I’m advertising for a particular religion, but if you can’t think of a way to help, just look up the closest UU sanctuary, and I guarantee they will have a list of projects that they are working on it need help.

    We’re pitching in on about half of these:

    • SAO' Says:

      Either I’m drinking earlier than normal today, or Siri has trouble picking my voice out amongst the 500 screaming kids at the playground

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeh, the panhandlers are omnipresent down here too. In every median and at every street corner. We have good weather for sleeping outdoors most days and an oddly generous population.

      I see the homeless numbers are on the rise in Bibleburg and Mile High again, and that new camping rules apply. I guess that ol’ rising orange tide ain’t lifting all boats, hey?

  2. SAO' Says:

    You’d think Seattle would have a bunch of young tech hotshots who could use coaching from a world champ and Olympian.

    U-Dub have a cycling team?

  3. not usuk Says:

    The last time I saw her was at a running race in CS. She and her daughter ran the Race against Suicide. She had a house in the Black Forest area. Always a introverted person, as you know, I asked if she ever ride her bike and she said she rode very little. It was always fun to ride with her. Big Billy and I taught her about fire hydrant sprints. Once she knew about them she kicked our asses. Lighting candles and sending positive waves her way.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We were privileged to meet and ride with some fine athletes in Bibleburg, weren’t we? Rebecca Twigg, Mari Holden, Alison Dunlap, Mike Creed, Danny Pate, Katie Compton, Dede Demet, and the rest? Trying to draft off Mari was like sitting in behind a bumblebee. If you could catch her to sit in.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        We helped Mari Holden get into her car at the Vuelta one year right after she was thinking about breaking out a window. I think we got a cop to open it uo. She was really nice and thanked us for helping her and the doing nuetral support.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    We’ve been giving to the local shelters, both animal and human, since we moved here from Paradise and I’ve been supporting the Chainbreaker collective with parts and restored bikes for some time. I stopped looking at the annual tax spreadsheet that my better half propagates with those 501c3 checks. Plus, Meena has retired and is knitting cold weather garb and donating it to St. Elizabeth’s shelter.

    But that is a drop in the bucket as is any other tossing of coin to the down and out. What we really need is to shitcan the folks who have increasingly contributed to income inequality, the erosion of public education, and who support the prison-industrial complex. The Rebeccas will always be with us and they need support (not to mention they get our attention as in “there for but the grace of God go I”), but its a lot more than former elite bike racers who suffer the fate of cardboard box beds over heat exhaust gratings due to the assholes in charge and public indifference–including indifference by progressives who put ideology over reality.

  5. si little Says:

    gave a c-note to the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter and noted in honor of Ms. Twigg. a local shelter for battered women and homeless families.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well done indeed, and thank you on her behalf. The Barrett Foundation here provides shelter, housing and other support services for women and kids. There are more of them in need of this than we’d like to think.

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