On top of the crazy challenges our shelters face during snow days, the flu has been going around to guests and staff. I came in to cover for one of our staff. For me, it was a really enjoyable evening and made me miss being involved in shelter operations on a daily basis.
Then, at 9 pm, a call came in from a man who was looking for shelter. His car had broken down and he didn’t have anywhere to go to get out of the cold. Divorced and homeless, only option was to sleep in his car. He was really at the end of his rope.
He said he was near St. Al’s hospital which I knew was much too far to walk to get to our men’s shelter on a cold and icy night. I told him to go inside the hospital to wait and we would figure something out.
It was such a good feeling to be able to share with him that we could help with a safe, warm place to stay, meals, clothes and help him get his life back on track. As I talked with him, I could tell he was choking up on the other end of the line. He said he didn’t know where else to turn. He has a job, but no home, and now that his car is disabled, he didn’t know what to do. I was able to reassure him the he called the right place; that we were going to help.
A quick call over to River of Life, and the staff there said they would find a way to get him there.
Just now, they called and said, “We got him!” Praise the Lord for everyone who works so hard to make our shelters run and who are willing to go above and beyond to find that one lost sheep.
Chief Operating Officer