Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sit on it...

… was the admonition. It was in response to homelessness in the San Diego area. A merchant organization was looking for volunteers to sit on the public benches for three-hour shifts. Seems they wanted to keep street people from sleeping there. They forewarned the potential volunteers: “no bathroom breaks” to prevent anyone from sneaking in to take a seat. How interesting that they were willing to make their volunteers uncomfortable to aid in the discomfort of those who rarely enjoy any comforts. What a contrast to the mindset in our town of Lansdale. Caring neighbors go out of their way to notify us when they see someone who might be homeless, hungry or sick. They ask us if we’ve seen that person, or if there’s some way they could help. Even during the winter months, Lansdale appears to be a warmer place than San Diego.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Last Piece of Cake

John is left holding his last piece of birthday cake. Lisa and the other Thursday morning soup kitchen volunteers celebrated John's birthday this past week. John serves every Monday and Thursday and often prepares food early in the morning to serve. We appreciate how John, Lisa and the other regular volunteers help us take care of people in need.