Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: May 2016

By Donna Clark RN, Director

There are times in a person’s life when you meet someone who greatly impacts you. The H.O.P.E., Inc. outreach worker Pat Marvel was one of those people. Pat passed away this past Saturday and went on to be with Jesus. I know when his spirit got to the Pearly Gates he was laughing and singing. Pat was a man who was committed to the poor and homeless.

One of the messages received after his death said: “I first met Pat at a HALS (Homeless Alliance of the Lower Shore) meeting and we became friends soon after. I smile when I remember some of our adventures helping the homeless and feeding the hungry. He always made me laugh no matter what was going on…but was serious when he needed to be.” He never missed a night at the CESP shelter program sites and was always available at a moment’s notice, if needed. He had a way of making everyone feel like he was glad to see them and that everything was going to be okay. He went over and beyond for so many people and for so many years. He has left a legacy of “caring for others” and especially caring for the people that are most often forgotten by society.”

A condolence note from the Public Library said, “He used to come in from time to time to check on “his guys” and ask them if they needed him. I remember telling him what a wonderful work he was doing one time and can recall his response – “it’s not me who is doing it.” A true servant of Christ. We’ll miss him”.

The devotion this morning was definitely God speaking to me. It’s a long passage but it says it all. 1 Corinthians 15: 35-58