Hello LaundryLove supporters and followers! February 13, 2013 we held LaundryLove HB at our usual site, the laundromat on the corner of Garfield and Beach in Huntington Beach. Things were a little less frantic than last month, but people lined up as early as 3:30 nonetheless. As has become the custom, our guests are a combination of former attendees and new people. The guest who showed Shannon her van home was there with her partner as were the family we have been following with their two small children and now their newborn baby that was in attendance also. They have been housed in a motel since the birth of their newest son, supported by an Episcopal church in Fullerton and private donations until they can be admitted to the Orange County Rescue Mission. One thing we have learned about in trying to help this family is that it is immensely difficult to find immediate help for homeless families in Orange County, perhaps anywhere. Services are few and waiting lists are long. Many obstacles stand between homelessness and a home.
This LaundryLove also fell on Ash Wednesday. In the prayer before we began, we had the two priest in attendance offer ashes to those who wanted them. Kate, from the LA area and Fennie, the chaplain from UCI, did the honors. Also, keeping a low profile, was one of our suffragan bishops, Diane Jardine Bruce. Thank you so very much for taking time out of your extremely busy schedule to join us in our project.
Sue and Corbin, friends of Bishop Diane and her husband Steve (a founding member of the LaundryLove team), came from St George's in Laguna Hills. They remarked that it was a wonderful way to start Lent.
Also in attendance was Janet from the South Bay who found the people happy and grateful for the assistance. Lynnette, a regular volunteer, brought her mom to share the experience. Linda, from St. Wilfrid's, returned once again. And several of Shannon's friends, Aundie, Remy, and Candace also shared the experience.
Next LaundryLove is March 13th. See you there!