The Bequest – A Legacy of Love – a Gift Made Possible through Planning
On November 24th, 1983 (Thanksgiving Eve), after spending four months in a sub-level of Grand Central Station, a kindly priest in a Bowery mission in New York City said he saw something in me that he felt was worth saving.
He arranged for my transportation to St. Christopher’s Inn where I would remain for two months.
You see, I was one of the lucky ones who received a full scholarship to St. Joseph’s in Saranac Lake. It was there that I discovered what I still call the “Three S’s”. I found sobriety, spirituality, and my self-esteem. Even when I experienced a relapse, it was a staff member at St. Joe’s who assisted me in my recovery, along with the St. Joseph’s Fellowship.
Now that my wife, who is also a St. Joseph’s graduate, and I are getting up in years, we decided to look at our wills and discovered that there were no relatives who would be interested in our estate. It was like a bolt of lightning when almost at the same time we began to talk about St. Joseph’s. We began to look at where we were, married for 23 years and enjoying all of the benefits of a sober life, and everything the “Promises” have to offer. Where else could our estate be more useful than to pay back St. Joe’s and the Friars for the life they had given us. We came from the devastation of alcohol to a life full of promise.
It was also the easiest thing to do. All we needed to do was sit with our lawyer for an hour and again the Promises were working. When he saw what we were doing, he did both wills pro bono.
If you feel a connection to this story I would urge you to consider doing the same. I know that my wife and I already feel excited thinking what St. Joseph’s might be able to do with our little help and if there were others, how much more all of us together could do.
– a St. Joseph’s graduate
The bequest stands apart as perhaps the single most compelling gift option because a charitable bequest designated in your will costs you nothing today, can be an extremely versatile way to give, and often represent the largest contributions a charitable organization receives.
Your will is the right place to begin a meaningful charitable legacy. Although there are many ways to make charitable bequests, as well as different reasons for making them, all bequests have one thing in common – they are possible only because a valid will is in place.
If you desire to support St. Joseph’s through a bequest, please meet with your attorney to ensure this most meaningful gift of love.
Sample Bequest Language
I devise and bequeath to St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 (insert sum, percentage, or description of property), which shall be used at the discretion of St. Joseph’s Board of Trustees.