New underwear is the start to a good day even at the homeless shelter. Thank you Women’s March MN

Thank you to Women’s March Minnesota for a large order of new underwear in all sizes for men and women. And thank you to the people who played online Bingo (Or Undie-go as we called it!) to help raise funds for the underwear. It’s a private creature comfort. It’s part of a regular hygiene regimeContinue reading “New underwear is the start to a good day even at the homeless shelter. Thank you Women’s March MN”

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)”

Thank you for helping us with ordinary and extraordinary needs in the homeless shelters

We are all living the new normal. But after the COVID19 diagnosis last week, we are living an even more careful normal at the shelters. Luckily we have friends. Over the weekend, we got a box of protective face masks from a long time friend, Billy Reilly of Fully Promoted. Normally they provide branded productsContinue reading “Thank you for helping us with ordinary and extraordinary needs in the homeless shelters”

For body and soul: distilleries turning spirits to sanitizers for homeless shelters

With all reverence to this being Holy Thursday and yet recognizing the practical in a time of a pandemic, thank you All Hands for turning spirits into sanitizer for the body as a modern take during Easter Week on turning water into wine for the soul. Both are examples of reading the crowd and givingContinue reading “For body and soul: distilleries turning spirits to sanitizers for homeless shelters”

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!”

Thank you Bad Waitress on Central, Classic Cookie and Kris for food at the shelters

Do you know what it takes to run a shelter during a pandemic? It takes a village. Listening to Monica field phone calls from staff, volunteers, policymakers and media during her “break” today, I can tell you every act of kindness or donation means a lot. Today I want to get specific. First – thanksContinue reading “Thank you Bad Waitress on Central, Classic Cookie and Kris for food at the shelters”

Updated wish list of shelter supplies and thanks for our growing list of benefactors

Mr. Rogers always said, in times of crisis, look for the helpers. We looked and we found, and we’ll be highlighting them going forward. Today we want to thank Mary for grocery bag full of homemade cookies. In deference to family in a high risk demographic, Mary keeps herself distanced at home. And she bakes.Continue reading “Updated wish list of shelter supplies and thanks for our growing list of benefactors”

Thank you Women’s March MN for Sunday Dinner

Tonight, dinner at the shelter was served by 12 volunteers from Women’s March Minnesota. It was delicious. It was a build-your-own-taco bar, homemade bread, brownies, scotcharoos and more. My heart melted a little when one happy guest told me she actually wished for tacos today. She wasn’t the only happy face in the crowd. TheContinue reading “Thank you Women’s March MN for Sunday Dinner”