What makes the sun come out for you these days? For shelter guests – a safe bed makes the sun come out.

Yesterday the sun came out and made the quarantine a little more bearable to me. To celebrate, Monica and I went on a walk in the woods. I got to eavesdrop on her phone calls during the walk. It’s more fun than it sounds; I got to hear what make this quarantine a little moreContinue reading “What makes the sun come out for you these days? For shelter guests – a safe bed makes the sun come out.”

What homelessness taught the CDC about PPE (poor people’s environments)

This could have been titled Underdressed for Company-but you know that storyline-though appropriate to how those experiencing homelessness might feel living in public without being on trend to today’s proper accessory. As Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish shelters were visited this week by CDC staff from Atlanta and elsewhere, along with staff from theContinue reading “What homelessness taught the CDC about PPE (poor people’s environments)”

An intimate gesture in a time of Coronavirus: a nervous and touching moment in the homeless shelter

When I learned a Covid-positive guest had stayed with us during the week, the first known case of prolonged exposure in a homeless shelter in Minnesota, and I naively realized there was no cavalry coming to help screen and notify guests, I called Dawn Petroskas, at Healthcare for the Homeless, who had one thermometer toContinue reading “An intimate gesture in a time of Coronavirus: a nervous and touching moment in the homeless shelter”

The helpers we don’t see – working at the homeless shelter

The first helper pictured (below) served our country; now he serves it again in the basement of a church in the middle of the night. The third helper became a physician in his place of birth and now serves his new homeland the same as the first helper, while he studies his chosen practice ofContinue reading “The helpers we don’t see – working at the homeless shelter”

It’s a marathon, not a sprint – we’re on our way and we have miles to go!

Six weeks ago the race started; the shelters opened and we’ve been running ever since. Like a marathon, there are times we feel the exhaustion, there are times that feel like a downhill coast, there are times we wonder if we can do it. And there are times when the crowd cheers us on, someoneContinue reading “It’s a marathon, not a sprint – we’re on our way and we have miles to go!”

Now we protect them: moving most vulnerable COVID-19 to ad hoc shelter space

“It’s better than Camp Pendleton”, Tim stated as he walked into the comfort and isolation of a suburban hotel with his friend Dan and Dan’s best friend. Homeless shelter operators in Hennepin County have spent the past few days moving our community’s elders into hotel space for isolation. They are the most vulnerable, as weContinue reading “Now we protect them: moving most vulnerable COVID-19 to ad hoc shelter space”

Minnesota’s plan for COVID-19 protection for people experiencing homelessness

What do you do when the number one recommendation to prevent and protect from COVID-19 is stay at home and you don’t have a home? The Minneapolis Star Tribune looked at the issue of protection for people experiencing homelessness today with a recognition that they are double victims, “left stranded in daytime as public placesContinue reading “Minnesota’s plan for COVID-19 protection for people experiencing homelessness”