And here is our Shelter News, written by our very own Ben Paul
Shelter News 10-27-2015
It’s been a long hot Summer in the state of Washington. Great weather for camping, if you didn’t catch fire like several parts of the Evergreen State did. That’s over now. The rain has set in. A very proper Seattle rain which can last for weeks, months, and makes Seattle the coffee capitol of the world as we self medicate with large amounts of caffeine to guard against the depression which comes from not seeing bright colors for long periods of time. And the rain brings us another season for The Phinney Ridge Winter Men’s Shelter. This will be the fourth year to serve men in our community. We keep trying to make improvements to our service. I wouldn’t say we are in the fine tuning stage yet, but we do better every year.
This year we have more volunteers which will take care of the major complaint of last year, that of seeing my face too much. But Mitch the Greek will be back for the UGM, so we’ll get no slack there. And last year’s recipient of the coveted Byron Award, Sarah, is back in force from the Mosaic Church.
One face I shall miss seeing this year is that of Tim H. who passed away from the complications of the cancer he had been fighting since the mid nineties. I have never met a man who was more upbeat about a life threatening illness. We know that he often felt sick from the many rounds of chemo he endured, but he always had a good word to say about a nurse that helped him that day. And he always had a corny Norwegian joke to tell at the dinner table. It wasn’t that he put a great hope in getting cured of his cancer. He often said he felt sure God would take care of him no matter what.
We were holding a bed for you, Tim. But I guess you found a better one.
If you would like to help contact me at Teehiton@gmail.com and I’ll make sure you get a schedule. If you are new to serving in a men’s shelter and have questions, I can help with that also. If you would like to donate food and clothing we have a list of things we need. Emmanuel Church has begun its continuous six month food and clothing drive and donations can be placed on the cooking rack at the entrance to the Church. I look forward to serving Jesus with you.