Why I Chose Legacy Initiative (Disappointments) by Phoenix

Lately, I have been humbled. I’ve been thinking a lot about Emmanuel Levinas and his contributions to philosophy, particularly existentialism and phenomenology. He says many relevant and fascinating things, one of which is that we must be aware of (our) materiality, which includes the spiritual as well as the physical in his system of thought. It’s the material that places us in the present, for when we suffer, we are forced to confront the present, we are forced to confront the moment, no matter how hard this is. I have had to do that lately in my life. I will … Continue reading Why I Chose Legacy Initiative (Disappointments) by Phoenix

A Beautiful Exhaustion: It Takes Humility by Phoenix

I enjoy serving with The Legacy Initiative. I enjoy serving the homeless population of Salt Lake City. I enjoy doing humanitarian work. In all of these things, I am blessed. To take part, to say I can take part, to do good work and to care for others. In all honesty, the work doesn’t get any easier. It’s taxing, in more ways than one: emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally. But I would say it’s certainly worth the exhaustion that comes with it. As my friend Tracy said, the work itself is fulfilling, and I heartily agree. It makes the tiring aspects … Continue reading A Beautiful Exhaustion: It Takes Humility by Phoenix

Dining with Dignity by Tracy Mangum

Every month, the Legacy Initiative makes approximately 900 bean and cheese burritos to feed our friends that are currently experiencing homelessness on the streets and shelters of Salt Lake City, Utah. Some people wonder why we do this, when there is a daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner served at St. Vincent’s on Rio Grande, and other soup kitchens in the downtown area. The food services that are offered are cafeteria based, and because of the amount of food served, is not very personal. The people wait in line, are given food on a tray, and are expected to eat quickly, … Continue reading Dining with Dignity by Tracy Mangum

Hunger by Phoenix

On August 13, 2016, I got to take part in a Legacy Initiative event called Dining with Dignity, where we served the homeless population of Salt Lake City a three-course meal, with desert, pasta, and salad. It was an amazing event. Just trust me when I say that, yo.   Have you ever been hungry? Say, waiting impatiently in line at a fast food restaurant at a place like McDonald’s or Wendy’s as other customers throw a fit for not being served on time? Have you ever been impatient with a server at a fancy restaurant because they messed up … Continue reading Hunger by Phoenix

Smashing Stigmas by Dan Davidson

Today’s really been a day of reflection for me.   I started my day out really early, building a website and a blog on Smashing Stigmas.   Before I left the house I did my routine to set my intentions for the day and ask Divine to guide me where I am supposed to be.   I then was picked up early by my good friend Jennifer. We went to meet the rest of our crew where we prepared 900 burritos, and set up bags of clothes and hygiene supplies for when we go out and be of service to the … Continue reading Smashing Stigmas by Dan Davidson

Momentum (Movement) by Phoenix

The momentum is there. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of this, but it’s there.   Many of us are struggling with something. Whether that be depression and anxiety or some other aspect of mental illness, physical illness, stress and strain from work and life and responsibilities, or just the pummeling and pounding that comes from being a part of the human condition, the human race: It’s there. We all probably struggle in some way or another.   I’ve seen the struggle with those in the non-profit I work with. Some struggle with physical ailments, others with mental, some both. … Continue reading Momentum (Movement) by Phoenix

Mitchell Heisman, Struggle, and the Humanitarian Dream of Compassion by Phoenix

This past week, has been, struggle. For me, personally, dealing with mental health and the fears that naturally brings. For our nation, who is tearing apart at the seams politically, working hard to stay stable amidst shootings of African American men, among other concerns. For our community, which seems sometimes to be bombarded with apathy and misunderstanding, xenophobia and fear, hatred and negativity.   On July 9, 2016, I led a squad on our Feed the Streets Outreach for The Legacy Initiative.   It started off well enough. I found out that one of my homeless friends, who came to … Continue reading Mitchell Heisman, Struggle, and the Humanitarian Dream of Compassion by Phoenix

My Legacy Experience by Tedd Mills

I’d like to share some of my experiences that I’ve had the privilege of having through my leadership within Legacy Initiative. When Travis first approached me over four years ago with the idea of wanting to make a difference in the community and by becoming the change we wish to see in the world, I was completely on board and wanted to be a part of something bigger and something that would last well beyond my lifetime. The name Legacy Initiative has a profound and powerful meaning: Legacy meaning that what we choose to accomplish today will continue through the … Continue reading My Legacy Experience by Tedd Mills

Karmic by Phoenix

I want to share a story. It’s a simple story, but one rife with deeper implications and meaning.   I know a homeless man. Fred. I’ve been running into him recently, and multiple times. When I first met him, a couple of weeks ago, I bought him a burrito … and it happened to be when it was his birthday! He was hungry, and so the burrito hit the spot for him.   I got to know him some in that encounter, and I was amazed at his humble spirit and attitude. I certainly wanted the best for him.   … Continue reading Karmic by Phoenix