This night's LaundryLove was sponsored by the St Wilfrid's youth group. Reverend Allison and Brittany assisted us with quarters, soap, and conversation. They also helped us eat a few tacos. It was wonderful to have them with us.
Guests who have become regular faces arrived with laundry and some with troubles beyond their usual struggles. One young woman had been separated from her children because of problems with their father. She shared what was heavy on her heart with a couple of us. We are so happy to provide a safe place where people can come and be heard.
The weather grows cooler, at least some of the time. We started last January when the weather here was cool and people who have no regular place to sleep would come in with soiled blankets and leave with fresh ones, temporarily warm from the dryer and smelling clean and fresh. Heavy jackets that add warmth on those cold nights were reclaimed and restored.
Come down, be blessed, drop a few bucks in the kitty.
I have a friend who keeps a couple of dollars in the console of her car so that when she sees someone standing on a corner or at an offramp, she can just reach inside and make her offering. A few days ago, she was at an offramp and made eye contact and handed the man with the soiled jacket and missing teeth a couple of bucks. Then the Lexus behind her opened the window and reached out with a few dollars and the person in the BMW behind them followed suit. The man smiled and waved as they headed off to their destinations. For a few minutes, they formed a community.
It spreads. Come on down. Reach out. Make eye contact. Connect.
We would love to see you!