48 hours to shelter opening: a moment of hope, planning and asking

We are a mere 48 hours from opening. So much has happened in the last week. Staff has been hired. Mats have been acquired. Volunteers have signed up. But there’s more to do.

It feels like the day before Christmas Eve. We’re tired but we can’t stop; we can’t sleep until we know we’re ready because being ready will make the opening so much better. Everything feels quiet and empty as we organize what we have, assess what we need and plan for the grand opening.

Turns out we need:

Update [2/14/20 10 am] – thank you for the generosity!! I have updated the list below

  • 60 pillows
  • 50 blankets
  • Sample size toiletries
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons & other feminine products
  • Underwear (men & women)
  • Socks
  • cash donations – always welcome

If you can help, please drop items off at Elim Church (get hours). Or we can always use cash donations. And we will happily accept well wishes. Think of us over the next two days. Imagine the empty gym filling with people. Feel the room warming up as guests come in from the cold and smell the food cooking for a communal meal.

We are tired and inspired and ready for Friday!

Published by Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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