Be present in all things and thankful for all things

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
Maya Angelou

Dear friends, members, supporters, and volunteers,
As we end 2019 and celebrate our winter holidays, it is a perfect time to say thank you for the contributions of time, money, and ideas you have made this year. JRPC would not be what it is without all of your support. We want to show our appreciation by inviting you to come and shop our best sale of the year starting today! Also, be sure to stop by Caras park on New Years Eve anytime between 4 and midnight to add a luminary to our peace sign.

With our love and thanks,

Betsy & Carol

P.S. Please note that we will only be open until 3:00pm on New Years Eve.

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ”

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ” Edna St. Vincent Millay

Into the darkness we go dear friends,
I have always found the darkness to have a quiet, sort of calm, energy. That makes Winter Solstice a beautiful opportunity to look within and center myself before diving back into the holiday festivities of the following few weeks. In many cultures around the world, Winter Solstice is a time for regeneration, renewal, and self-reflection before the sun is “reborn” and the days get longer. My challenge to you all is to take a moment out of your Saturday to reflect, set goals, examine, and say goodbye to the past year. Embrace the short day and allow for a calm breath before taking on the final days of this decade and the many beyond that.

However you celebrate this season, all of us here a JRPC & the Olive Branch hope that your coming days are full of joy, warmth, and peace.

Carol Schwartz

P.S. There is still time to vote for JRPC! Next time you are by the center be sure to check out the beautiful window display created by our amazing store volunteers & staff. We would appreciate you showing your support for their work by voting for our window in the 2019 “Lights Around the World” Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest! 

If stories come to you, care for them

“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” Barry Lopez

Dear Friends,
I am wondering what stories you are carrying within you?Last night, in Missoula we had a beautiful view of our last full moon of the decade. As it danced across the sky here bathing us in that beautiful glow, countless others across the globe may have had a dark night due to cloud cover. The stories and experiences we each carry with us are much the same. It seems that many times what we view as the darker stories have the most power when shared with a person in need of hearing it. Continue reading


“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ~Maya Angelou

Dear friends,
I am thrilled to welcome Carol Schwartz back home to JRPC. She started 4 years ago as a work-study student and then when she graduated, she became our Administrative Assistant. Today she begins a new journey as our Program Director. Come meet her at our Open House on Saturday, December 7 for the Parade of Lights. We are open 10 am to 7 pm and we’ll be teaching everyone to fold origami cranes from 11 am to 3 pm. We hope to see you for holiday treats and special savings! To thank you for being members, we are offering 25% off fair trade purchases and 75% off our sale items — a deal you can’t beat!! If you’re not yet a member this is a great time to fix that but you can still save 10%. See you Saturday!

But before that, we will be hosting our annual Kid’s Night on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 7. Check the details below. And here’s a nice gift for the Earth. You can help Citizen Initiative I-187 get on the ballot by signing its petition. If passed, I-187 would require that electric utilities use much more renewable energy (& less fossil fuels), would protect and strengthen net metering, would put a small tax on electricity to replace the coal severance tax and fund a worker retraining program for fossil fuel workers. More info at Look for the I-187 petition signature gatherers at First Friday events on Dec 6, Missoula Parade of Lights events on Dec 7 and at the Missoula Holiday Made Fair in UM’s Adams Center on Dec 8. Now’s your chance to give a gift to the Earth.

Let the holidays begin!!