We are Dorothy Stearns-Holmes and Brant Holmes. We have donated foods and have had organized food drives to help families in our communities who struggle making ends meet, yet felt there was more to do to improve the future of these households. In September of 2011 we saw a segment on the NBC Nightly News about a remarkable organization in Portland, Oregon that was making a difference for struggling families, Birch Community Services, Inc. Both of us were truly inspired immediately. We then contacted the organization’s founders, Suzanne and Barry Birch and thus began a relationship with two extremely special, gracious people.
In August 2012, we then made plans and traveled to Portland to Birch Community Services to meet Barry, Suzanne, their special staff and volunteers. We witnessed this extremely well-organized operation at work and participated in a replication seminar along with others who had the similar calling to replicate the Birch business model, procedures and protocol that is highly successful.
The next chapter of our very exciting and interesting journey – when Bentley Community Services, Inc. received in March 2013 its designation as an approved 501 (c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to providing food, basic necessities, household goods, clothing and adult education on an ongoing basis to struggling families in need. We welcome those who need a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” and are prepared to participate in the unique, Birch-based method of meeting needs while working towards restoring self-sufficiency. And, we invite our neighbors in the community to join us in this mission.
Dorothy & Brant