The Story of Stuff: We Don’t Want Your Stuff

We get lots of calls at the shelter.  Many calls are asking about space and resources, but many people call  asking if they can donate their stuff to the shelter.  These are the calls that often leave me a little salty.  Let me explain… When a guest arrives at the shelter,  one of the firstContinue reading “The Story of Stuff: We Don’t Want Your Stuff”

The Story of Stuff: Magic and Unicorns

While we never like to see families need the shelter, staff and volunteers usually love having kids around.  Even most guests enjoy the shift in energy that kids bring.  This past season, we were blessed to walk with a sweet family made up of a mom, a teenage son and young daughter.  B had aContinue reading “The Story of Stuff: Magic and Unicorns”

The Story of Stuff: DVDs and Rotten Oranges

In our first two seasons, when we were still rotating among our partner congregations’ buildings, we developed a serious stuff issue. Knowing virtually nothing about homelessness when I started, this was a problem I hadn’t anticipated. I mean, how much stuff could people with no place to put it actually have?! The answer is AContinue reading “The Story of Stuff: DVDs and Rotten Oranges”

The Story of Stuff: (C)remains

This is the first in a series of shelter stories, based on the stuff that gets left behind, guest belongings that sometimes remain unclaimed, and sometimes draw guests back in ways and with stories we couldn’t predict. She danced, child-like and joyful, not quite present to the world, but fully in her body. Skipping fromContinue reading “The Story of Stuff: (C)remains”