We bumped into Deborah over the lasagna lunch at the Live Love Center this week. She is a sweet lady who is surviving with her 3 kitties in her van with a smile. She has children and grandchildren up in Alaska that are growing up fast, but she is uncertain when everything will come together to be able to make that trip a safe one back for her. Meanwhile, she is out enjoying the sunny spring weather that our area has been experiencing, and I don't blame her! It was nice to soak up the smiles and conversation that was happening around us on a beautiful Spring day. We enjoyed Deborah's positive attitude as she made her connections with friendly faces and resources that will keep her going through the rest of the week. We know that attitude will keep her going in good directions!
Shout out to the volunteers at The Live Love Center on Andresen who put on a lovely Wednesday Lunch at that offers positive connections, meals and food boxes for Vancouver's homeless and low-income folks. You guys are awesome!
~ Adam & Ren
Meet The Shower Outreach Project!
Battle Ground City Councilor Cherish DesRochers, Community Service Northwest Case Manager Jamie Spinelli, and their non-profit group Food with Friends are working hard along with some other committed advocates such as Chuck Goneau - and they are all doing something really needed in our community right now. They are bringing showers to our homeless on the street.
Accessible showers are at a bare minimum here in Vancouver, Wa. for our homeless. The showers at the local shelter house closed due to building issues and it has made getting a full-body clean almost impossible. The Shower Outreach Project is meeting that need head on. They worked hard to put together a specialized trailer that has two showers with changing rooms attached. The water is heated via two propane tanks and the access point can hook directly to a hose. And oooh man! The warm water feels good! -- and they share these lovely showers with our friends on the street, for no charge. They know that being clean means having the opportunity to be healthy or perhaps being ready for a connection that could bring work or stability. Either way, they are helping people on the streets GET A SHOWER AND FEEL BETTER
~ Adam & Ren
First thing is Thank You Daniel for being, brave, honest, and trusting enough to allow me the opportunity to get to know you over the years and for allowing us to share your journey with everyone else. Daniel was convicted of a crime when he was 18 and he is and will carry the stigma and struggle that comes with those choices for the rest of his life. Being a survivor myself, I understand how and where a lot of bad choices come from, and that ultimately as adults, we have to take responsibility no matter what. Daniel does that, and has been struggling to survive on our streets for almost 20 years. The street is a place where you learn no matter what label you carry, it is your integrity and respect that will carry you forward. And as the song goes, “you may not get what you want, but if you keep on trying, you will usually get what you need.”
Department of Corrections works to keep probation and parolees doing what they are supposed to be doing. So recently when Daniel didn’t keep his ankle bracelet charged up and he seemed to be off the radar, of course they had to violate him and give him more days in jail. That led to county work crews finding his camp and removing all his things when he did not return soon enough to obey posted signs. So therein lies the endless cycle of how can some people struggle to find some amount of consistency, recovery, or hope in life. Daniel’s gentle, respectful, and typically happy demeanor can only go to show if he can do it, anyone can do it. Keep on believing in yourself, in others and the world Daniel, because we believe in you!
~ Adam & Ren