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January 15, 2009

New Hope for the New Year

Well, it's been an interesting ride for us. In this last year we've accomplished so much, yet had some really bad circumstances that affected so much of what we do and what we're able to do. We've settled in to our new space and in a way, we've had to start over.

We've tried to stay completely positive and hope that in the long run, all that we've experienced will be okay and that all things happen for a reason. We like our new location, but during these horrible economic times, we're just struggling to get back to where we were. We've lost so much money, staff, and energy...but not heart. 2008 was a growing experience; not necessarily in the way we'd hoped or anticipated, but experience nonetheless. I think we've said before that somehow, through everything, we've been able to distribute many more materials than we ever have to help in the building and renovating of shelters and housing. We've been able to persevere, but as I'm sure many people throughout the country are feeling, we take it day by day. We don't know if we'll have enough money to pay the little staff we have left, we don't know if we'll be able to pay ourselves which would be devastating for our own family.

With a baby on the way, it's hard sometimes to stay upbeat, calm, and not let worry consume me...us. But, we do the best we can, and know that what we're doing is needed and right. In terms of our new location, we had our first 50% off sale (which we do annually). We didn't really know what to expect and it went pretty well. We've had a lot of positive feedback from customers which is great and truly helps push us along. We just started running a cable commercial which we are really excited about. Check back soon, and you'll be able to watch it on our website. We hope that someday, they'll be a Materials Matter store near you.

I do have high hopes for this year. Materials Matter is looking to come back bigger, better, and stronger than ever. We have great hopes that things in this country are going to turn around. If nothing else, we've seen it in the hopes of people.

Now more than ever, non-profits are needed to help others. Now more than ever, we need more affordable housing and shelters. We need to fix up the shelters that are out there. The non-profits need so much in a time when people have so little.