Today the volunteers worked at Mary’s Place in their Day Center kitchen. Mary’s Place, as they state on their website, is “a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. We empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Our work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. We inspire the community to support homeless women, children, and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.” Volunteers chopped fruit and vegetables, for salads being served at lunch in the Day Center, and made meatloaf and diced potatoes that would be served for dinner at their several shelter locations. Mary’s Place is able to provide 450 places for homeless families in the area. The food prepared today will feed those people. It was a wonderful day interacting with the kitchen staff and each other, listening and sharing stories.
For the 5th consecutive year, the PVs will be spending the week in and around Seattle, working with local agencies and learning more about the issues that plague those struggling in the community. This year we have an group of 10 local volunteers that will be participating at the different sites. We will update during the week about our various activities. Please follow along and keep the volunteers in your thoughts.
Building, serving, believing…..PV Volunteers.
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It is a relationship between equals.
Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage,not weakness.
The world would be a happier, more peaceful place if we all tried to understand instead of judging, paused before reacting, and gave each other the benefit of the doubt instead of assuming the worst.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Laugh lots. -Paulo Coelho
One last reminder that the PVs will be gathering for a reunion, this Saturday, on the New Jersey Shore. Plan on lots of food, fun and laughter!
If we haven’t heard from you and you are planning on coming, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.
See you at the shore!!!!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.