Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement June 2019

by Donna Clark RN, Director

This has been an interesting week to say the least! Both the Joseph House and HALO were closed this week for summer break and cleaning; leaving us to be the only place to provide respite and assistance. On Monday we saw 75 different people come through our doors looking for food, shelter, financial assistance, and guidance. Our staff was working nonstop to care for all who came to us. Wicomico Presbyterian Church happened to have leftovers from their event the day before, Melody had prepared for our usual 30-40 clients looking to be fed, and we were able to feed everyone up until about 1 pm. Thank you Lord! The requests for basic hygiene supplies were high and those who were looking for financial assistance received help. When the doors finally closed, our staff was exhausted and as I thought about the events of that day I realized that in spite of frustrated and angry people, God allowed us to once again meet the needs of most of them.

When our waiting room is full like that it is imperative that we have someone at the front desk to be sure everyone signs in and not get missed in the chaos. Our receptionist was out on Monday and one of our clients stepped up to the plate and sat at the desk helping people complete their paperwork and guiding the newer ones to services. He has been a client for several years and although remaining homeless he has been a faithful part of our outreach. We are so grateful for his help in past times and especially this past Monday. God provides!

Romans 12:14-21