I met two guys today named Steve and Jerry. Jerry calls Steve ‘Bawana’ (Jerry said that’s because he can live anywhere; and that it is Swahili; apparently it also is an address of respect) – he’s the guy in the second picture with the brown hat on. Steve calls Jerry ‘Captain’. They both help each other out and usually live by the James River. I was curious if you could eat the fish – they said some people say maybe one fish a week, but neither of them do; Jerry who used to be a fisherman said he’s definitely eaten fish and would definitely not eat from these waters.
Someone also mentioned that CARITAS is reducing … one more facility won’t be available. Last time we were out at Monroe Park, another person mentioned this before… sure seems like maybe I should contact them and see how one (or a handful) can help the organization out other than offering a facility (which we don’t have) for nightly shelter.
[UPDATE: I emailed and received a response from CARITAS staff. He said there are definitely opportunities in assisting a host church in all their work, or one-time projects at one of their facilities. I asked for more information about what host churches are near us and what these one-time projects might be. He did include with his email some idea of what could be involved in assisting a host church:
- Make and serve an evening meal for 40
- Make bagged lunches for 40
- Provide travel to and from showers
- Provide travel to and from a laundromat or wash guest’s laundry at home
- Provide personal care packets (travel sized shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.).
- Serve as overnight volunteers
- Provide snacks as they await transportation for overnight accommodation
- Help with unloading or loading of cots and sleeping materials on Saturdays