January 16, 2011

temporary shelter III - warm conversation


Tonight, FPC's temporary shelter opened. I showed up for my late shift to find a couple people still up.

I sat down next to them and said, "You're up late! Why aren't you taking the chance to get some sleep?"

"It's just nice to be with other people." one man said.

I take for granted what a gift it is to be able to sit in a warm room, sip coffee and just be in conversation with others. It seems simple. Maybe unimportant. But for at least a couple of our guests, it was irresistible-what they needed tonight.

The conversation ranged from one subject to another. Then, one woman said, "Wait. Listen." We all became quiet and listened. Someone was snoring deeply from the other end of the room. Both of those guests still awake looked at each other knowingly and smiled. I looked at them with a puzzled expression.

"That means you're doing what you set out to do," said the man to me. He leaned forward, "Sober people don't sleep that deeply on the streets."

The woman looks at me and says, "They feel safe... Well done."

Thanks to all of you that are making safety and warmth available to these folks for this limited window of time.

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