|Good Morning Leah|
A client said to me yesterday, "Louise, you're doing this all wrong. If you're going to sleep out, you don't want to be on the roof. Roof's are windy and exposed. You want to find yourself some cozy nook in the trees, tucked out of site, out of view. It's warmer that way."
I laughed. I couldn't agree more. But our sleeping out is with a difference. We're not trying to be invisible. We want to be seen. To be noticed. To be heard. We want to draw people's attention to what we're doing so that together, we can change the face of homelessness on our streets. Together, we can make a difference.
Outside the tent I hear our new rooftop flat mates securing things. Kym Grozell and Jeremiah McKenna work on the night shift. They've given their next 24 hours off to come up and pitch in with our tent in On the Roof. Leah Ritco, a member of our medical team, and Heather Kennedy, who sits on our board of directors, have both left to in Leah's case for a client health management meeting and Heather to fly up to Fort McMurray for a meeting.
|Kym and Jeremiah catching a few rays|
And thank you everyone who has donated thus far. Over $15,000 has been raised -- halfway to our $30,000 goal.
Not bad for a day and a half!
And we are grateful.
Just as the former client who phoned me this morning was grateful. "Hey Louise," he said. "I heard what you're doing. That's so fantastic. Thank you!"
And the man who stopped me on the second floor to ask me if I really was, 'sleeping on the roof'.
"Yes," I replied.
|Leah and Dave enjoy a visit with Natalie who |
dropped in with Starbucks for everyone
And I am grateful.
This is an amazing place. Filled with people and stories. Sure. Sometimes, they're not all that pretty -- but then, who's life is picture perfect. These lives are real and in their reality, the world is a place that hasn't always been all that welcoming. All that forgiving. All that kind.
And if in what we are doing we say, We see you. we care. You are important to us. Then we are doing good. Real good.
Donations can be made online at www.thedi.ca thanks! -- donations of socks and mitts and toques are welcome too! :)
|Isabel models her pink long johns|
while John looks on
|Daniel and Cirtbir pop their heads in and |
hand out candy canes