Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: March 2019

by Donna Clark RN, Director

We serve over 1,500 different people every year and will occasionally will receive a thank you card. It does feel good to have a client to show their gratefulness for our help. The other day a man walked into our office accompanying a new client asking for help. He looked at me and asked if I remembered him and my response was that he looked familiar but I couldn’t remember his name. It turns out that in 2017 he came to us for help getting his ID and other documentation to obtain employment. I checked his file and found we bought him a birth certificate, an ID, helped him get his social security card, and finally paid for some dental care. He was so proud of himself to come back and thank us for our help. He is now employed as a house manager for a halfway house and transports clients to appointments. His comment was that he could not have gotten where he is today without our help. Hearing his words made all the craziness of the day melt away and we realized that in spite of the controlled chaos that is standard for our office we are helping people break the cycle of homelessness when they’ re committed to changing.

The support of the community for our agency is a strong factor allowing us to reach people who are vulnerable and lost. I watched the love and support of the Community Emergency Shelter Project transform at least six different men this winter. If your heart moves you to do something for another person just do it. God is telling you to make that phone call, write that card, or visit that friend.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13