Can Muffins Speak?
Muffins can’t really talk — or can they? Can something as small and seemingly insignificant as a muffin really have a significant impact on a person’s life?
For the last several months I have immersed myself in this idea called “The Mission Muffin Co.” with exactly that premise in mind. Having benefited from being taken in by, and made to feel welcome (and safe) in, this place called Central Union Mission upon my release from prison in May of 2014, God finally provided me with the courage to ask David Treadwell, the Mission’s executive director, a question that has since changed my life and will — with your help — ultimately change the course of other men’s lives as well.
The question? “Have I ever told you about my idea to make ‘Mission Muffins’?”
I hadn’t, to that point, but I did, and here we are.
This is an exciting time, and it is truly an exciting idea. Not because it’s mine, and not because it is particularly original in the grand scheme of things, perhaps, but because it is something new for Central Union Mission’s 130+ years of service to Washington, DC’s neediest residents, and it is something that possesses tremendous potential to impact men’s lives in remarkable ways.
The world is in such a terrible state that it is often easy to throw up our hands in despair and declare that nothing can be done. I know that from the perspective of people living in homelessness, it is difficult sometimes to avoid the feelings of hopelessness that can creep in. So many things can contribute to an individual’s sense of loss and lack of purpose: lack of adequate education; growing up and living in poverty; addictions to drugs or alcohol; errors in judgment that leave us with criminal records hindering or impeding any forward progress.
I believe that hope is never lost, and that something as tiny as a muffin can provide the spark that will make it burn brightly in a person. I believe that a muffin can speak to a man’s soul and inspire him to want to move forward, to learn, and to build a future. Many who have lived ‘normal’ lives and have grown up in ‘normal’ circumstances may look at the men the Mission serves and see a collection of ragtag individuals who are ‘not salvageable’, ‘unmanageable’, ‘beyond redemption’, ‘nonredeemable’.
It is my intent to prove this is definitely not the case. Muffins with a mission can change a man’s life.
Visit The Mission Muffin Co. to find out more, and to see how you can help muffins speak.