On Tuesday morning, Grassroots hosted a Bagel Breakfast Briefing at its Crisis Intervention Center. Sponsored by M&T Bank, and Erica Cariello, the presentation drew a packed room of interested business leaders in the community. We heard about not only the shelter aspects of Grassroots, but also the many programs and opportunities it offers to whose it helps. Three brave souls talked about where they were when they found the good graces of Grassroots, and how far they have come since that time. The consistent theme is one of thanks, for the shelter, counselling, transportation, food, clothing, education, and many other offerings and programs that helped change their lives. One perhaps has a sense of the individual who might experience the need for such assistance. But the truth is, that a job loss, a car accident can turn a life upside down. We are fortunate to have Grassroots, with its dedicated Board of Directors, led by Mary Lasky who is a gift to any organization she serves.