10 Days of Gratitude; day 4, Stevens Point’s Warming Shelter

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10 Days of Gratitude; day 4, Warm Cots at Stevens Point’s Warming Shelter

Tonight as I left my warm home, scraped the ice and snow off of my car and headed out into the cold blustery night to take on my shift at the warming shelter I was so grateful that we finally got this needed resource opened up.

I know a lot of folks who spend their days and nights on the streets and it is good to know that they will have a warm bed until spring.

Last year Tiffani Krueger, our local angel to the homeless and others in need, and her fellow saints at the Evergreen Initiative worked hard to get this resource opened up at our Franciscans Downtown location, but due to tremendous pressure from a few neighboring businesses and govt officials it was not to happen.

Fortunately no one froze to death, though we did lose 5 due to various health issues this year, tough to be sick, worse when you don’t have a real home to go to.

So this year she again worked hard and found some wonderful hosts at the Episcopal Church who offered us their community room and other facilities to keep our homeless warm starting November 1st.

It is a very nice facility, good location, plenty of room, and even has internet so that the volunteers can work on their business stuff while being available for our sleeping guests.

This has been a tough year for homeless; the numbers are up, the main shelter that the Salvation Army runs has been full for a while, last I heard it was at about double their normal capacity.

Our facility is designed for those who do not fit in the Salvation Army shelter due to overcrowding or other reasons such as sobriety or just not getting along.

Tonight all the cots were full even though a few familiar faces were missing, I hope that they are safe and warm enough wherever they are camped out tonight.

 

 

So this morning I am grateful that God has placed me here to do my part to show His love for a few of His people on a cold blustery Wisconsin night.

 

 

 

 

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Wonderful post, Bob.  They are fortunate to have you as a willing volunteer.  

Nov 18, 2016 11:17 PM #1
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Good Morning Bob - this is a labor of love.  We are all called to do our part.

Nov 18, 2016 11:31 PM #2
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That is awesome Bob, cant imagine being homeless in an area so cold. We have a large problem here also, but we have  fruit growing year round, and warm weather year around.

Great thing you are doing there! 

Nov 19, 2016 01:13 AM #3
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 I am so glad that so many people have so much to be thankful for this holiday season Bob Crane 

Nov 19, 2016 03:50 AM #4
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Good evening Bob. What a wonderful and important thing you have shared with us. Thank you.

Nov 19, 2016 04:56 AM #5
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That's a wonderful thing to be thankful for.  It's not often you see someone include something in their thankful list that doesn't directly impact them.  You are a good guy.

Nov 19, 2016 04:59 AM #6
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Bob it breaks my heart to know that people are out in the cold and rain with no home of their own. Thank goodness the good folks in your area have found some solutions for these poor souls.  It's tough for the homeless here in Phoenix - I can' imagine how tough it is in the snow and below freezing or worse weather in your area.

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You are a good soul to do that. My church does Room in the Inn where we take in for an evening, feed and offer a place to wash their clothes and get a shower to the homeless. I don't understand that lifestyle that many of them prefer.

Nov 19, 2016 09:39 AM #8
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Thank you for sharing one of the things you are thankful for. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

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Bob I am a firm believer when you give in reality you actually feel better, because you are in a place that you can give, time and or money or both...Endre

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Thanks for the reminder, Bob.  There are so many things to be thankful for, many of which most of us take for granted - like a warm place to live.

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Hi Bob -- your caring ways once again shine.

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