SimplyHome's Story Featured in "Find Your Own Calcutta"
SimplyHome is delighted to announce that our very own Drue and Allen Ray – and the story of the companies they founded, including SimplyHome – are featured in a brand-new book released by WestBow Press, Find Your Own Calcutta: Living a Life of Service and Meaning in a Selfish World.
The book was written by William Murdock, Executive Director of Eblen-Kimmel Charities. SimplyHome has been able to partner with Eblen in the past in many ways, including to provide assistive technology through our No Place Like Home Program.
Murdock includes the story of how SimplyHome founders Drue and Allen Ray found their purpose. The two met in college and their careers quickly became satisfying, but they were not content to rest with mere success.
Drue had seen “what service and compassion could do in others’ lives, as she had cousins with disabilities and learned in those young years to understand and not to be afraid of them, like some others her age were.” Both Allen's and Drue’s parents had also impressed upon them the importance of giving. As Drue remembers:
“I was told early on what Anglican cleric and theologian John Wesley said, ‘Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.’ And that was how we learned to see the world.”
Find Your Own Calcutta includes many other inspiring stories from the lives of the many people Bill Murdock has come into contact with, and additionally, notes from his correspondence with Mother Teresa – where the title of this book comes from.
Asked why he wrote Find Your Own Calcutta, Murdock says:
“This book is written in the spirit of optimism and in the hope that the stories and thoughts that this volume contains would inspire those who may read it and to take heart, knowing that a life of meaning is so much closer than we might think."
About William Murdock
William Murdock is the co-founder and CEO of Eblen Charities and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise located in Asheville. He has been named an outstanding scholar in social enterprise by the National Biographical Institute of Cambridge England. His work with the Eblen The Children’s Pharmacy won national acclaim in winning the Peter F. Drucker Award for being the most innovative nonprofit program in the country and has been featured both nationally and globally. In 2014, he was awarded the Mother Teresa Global Prize for Peace and Leadership along with the noted author Dr. John Maxwell.
More information on Find Your Own Calcutta is available at www.findyourowncalcutta.com.