"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
~ Winston S. Churchill
A Letter From The Owner
I grew up on the island of Borneo in Indonesia—a land of beautiful rainforests and generous people, but also a lot of poverty and need, especially among the young. My Dad is a Christian pastor; my mom is a nurse. We moved back to the United States when I was 14 years old. I studied history at the University of Washington. I received my undergraduate degree, and then was accepted into the Masters and PhD programs, where I continued my study of U.S. and European intellectual history. Out of this DNA came the founding of Husky Senior Care.
When Victoria and I founded Husky Senior Care, part of the founding vision was to give back in two ways: 1) to support those that are vulnerable and in need and 2) to support the values of freedom, individuality, and self-expression at the base of Western Civilization. This led to a two-pronged commitment to give 1% of our profits to Speak Up for the Poor and 1% of our profits to the University of Washington.
Speak Up for the Poor
We chose Speak Up for two reasons. First, helping young girls trapped in poverty or abuse by providing protection and education has unimpeachable long-term merit. My wife and I have two daughters and we felt this is something we could get permanently behind. Second, the founder of Speak Up, Troy Anderson, is my cousin so I have personal insight into how the money is spent and what is being accomplished. Troy attended the University of Puget Sound and then went on to law school at UCLA. From his years of traveling and living in East Asia, particularly Bangladesh, he has developed contacts, knowledge, and practices that makes him uniquely qualified to accomplish the mission of Speak Up. He is the guy you want doing this. As an aside, I also love the idea of giving some of the money that we earn from serving grandmas and grandpas here in the U.S. to support little girls in places that are much worse off. Read more about Speak Up for the Poor in their own words below. Maybe you’ll catch the vision too!
Speak Up exists to transform the world on behalf of the poor, particularly girls in poverty. Our mission is to build an international network of Justice Centers which speak up for the poor.
We advocate for the poor in three inter-connected ways:
We catalyze and fund the growth of homes for girls born into brothels, rescued from trafficking, or otherwise at risk of exploitation and abuse. Our goal is to ensure that no girl anywhere in the world is forced into prostitution.
We run a Girls Education Program which sponsors girls in poverty to stay in school and on the path to success. Our goal is to transform the way the world thinks about poor girls, and to ensure that girls in poverty are free to live up to their fullest potential.
We investigate human rights abuses and do practical casework for the poor, and work with local authorities and law schools to train indigenous lawyers and advocates for the poor. Our goal is to build an international army of advocates for the poor who fight for justice through their local justice system.
To learn more about Speak Up and/or donate, click the link below.
University of Washington
I chose the University of Washington because of my experience with certain professors in the history department and my love for the Western Tradition. UW is my alma mater, but it really stands in for all universities that at least in part teach the arts and humanities that underlay the freedoms that we enjoy. For me, this value is summed up in the following quote.
William Johnson (later Cory), King's Scholar 1832-41, Master 1845-72, in his Eton Reform II as adapted by George Lyttleton in writing to Rupert Hart-Davis:
"At school you are engaged not so much in acquiring knowledge as in making mental efforts under criticism. A certain amount of knowledge you can indeed with average faculties acquire so as to retain; nor need you regret the hours you spent on much that is forgotten, for the shadow of lost knowledge at least protects you from many illusions. But you go to a great school not so much for knowledge as for arts and habits; for the habit of attention, for the art of expression, for the art of assuming at a moment's notice a new intellectual position, for the art of entering quickly into another person's thoughts, for the habit of submitting to censure and refutation, for the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the art of working out what is possible in a given time, for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage, and for mental soberness."
(Professor Richard Johnson read this to us at the outset of my graduate studies in History at UW.)
I try to direct our giving to UW towards programs, students, and professors who embody this mission.