Our agency will never forget that day in 1992, when Mr. Huntsman, on his way to surgery, bravely facing uncertainty, stopped here, offering a handwritten note and heart-wide-open financial contribution. From that moment to now, The Road Home—and the vulnerable people within these walls who also courageously face uncertainty—have been irreversibly blessed.
To the Huntsman family—we know that your grief is deep. We mourn with you. You surely know, better than us, of the richness and beauty of his full life. But may we add just one more story, a fragment of what he meant to us?
For 26 years Mr. Huntsman dedicated himself in service to our cause. He launched an initiative during the holidays to match dollar for dollar every community donation that came our way. He gave, selflessly, at a financial level that he could—and yet he also gave tirelessly of himself. During our most recent Holiday Media-a-Thon, with quiet grit he personally visited the radio stations one by one to broadcast his support. With his voice and luminous example, he spurred many to invest with us. The sweep of his impact on just one small area he saw as his garden of stewardship, in service to those grappling with homelessness, alone was tremendous.
And to you, our faithful supporters: Mr. Huntsman expressed how inspired he was by you. While he galvanized people to give through his kind matching gifts, he in turn was inspired by each gift you extended, no matter the size. All offerings were part of the shared garden that we together tend. He was moved by the depth and breadth of the generosity of each of you, and it brought him profound joy to multiply each offering. In a sense, his contribution was as much a gracious thank you to our community as it was a lifeline for people in desperate need.
This garden, that Mr. Huntsman gave root to, and with love watered, will continue to grow. Hand in hand, we will, season by season, turn the soil. Watch the sun. Pluck weeds. Rejoice in the rain. Our hearts are aglow with joyful gratitude. We thank you, Mr. Huntsman and the Huntsman family, for serving our community, our nation, our globe. Your legacy lives on.
- Matt M. Minkevitch, Executive Director, The Road Home