Monthly Archives: November 2017

28 Nov 2017

Walking around Downtown Chicago

By | 2017-11-28T08:33:15+00:00 November 28th, 2017|General|0 Comments

A few of the least the day before Thanksgiving

I was taking a stroll around downtown when I passed a few of God’s precious souls hanging out on the streets. Here are a few pics. And I am humbled to report that each one of these beautiful “human beings” was very gracious in allowing me to take their pictures. I told them that I just wanted to post their pictures on my website… so that folks that check out this site will remember the least… and hopefully do a little something.

Thanks Chris.

P.S #1 The lady standing by the subway entrance called herself “Cola.” She was singing Christmas carols to the folks that went by…and she sounded really good! She had stayed at our Cornerstone women’s shelter a few years back. Now, she was working with another organization in hopes of securing housing for herself, and her fiance and her child.

P.S. #2 Of course I had to add this pic talking about really expensive watches and how one needs to watch out so they “don’t crack under the pressure!” Which I would say just might apply to my friends on the streets… a bit more than the man in the pic who seems like a pretty cool dude!

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21 Nov 2017

My friend Shawn

By | 2017-11-21T10:46:17+00:00 November 21st, 2017|General|0 Comments

My friend Shawn

I went to visit my friend, Shawn, recently. He’s been laid up in a nursing home for the past few years. He had to have both of his legs amputated.

My wife, Sandy, and co-worker Jeremy, have known Shawn for more than 20 years. He’d been a client of our early shelter days. He was always known for his loud, brash demanding manner. He also known for this uncontrollable laughter.

Shawn is definitely a “character.” But he has truly evolved over the years. He’s become a genuine straight-shooter, a real survivor of the streets. A while back, he started calling my wife, “Mom,” and me, “Dad.”

For the past few years, we’ve sponsored a birthday party for Shawn at his nursing home—complete with fried chicken, fries, rolls, and of course cake. He’d loves having a few of his old buddies come over and celebrate with him.

Shawn has told me that he has is so proud and blessed to be attending a church service held in the nursing home. He definitely exudes a simple, but sincere faith in Jesus. Nothing wrong with that!

Thanks Shawn for welcoming us into your life. You’ve made us better folks from getting to know you.

Chris.

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6 Nov 2017

Being homeless

By | 2017-11-06T08:48:42+00:00 November 6th, 2017|General|0 Comments

It’s worse than you think

I was riding home enroute to Chicago from Wittenberg, WI on the Jefferson Bus line. And we made a brief stop in Green Bay, Wi to pick up some more passengers. I saw this billboard, and just had to take a pic. It’s message, sad to say, states the cold hard truth. And I must admit that I liked “their” in your face approach. When I say, “their” I’m referring to the St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter located in Green Bay. I don’t know these folks, but I checked out their website and they seem like they’re running a sincere and compassionate shelter. Check it out.

And why do think I like their “ad,”, so much. Maybe it’s because I KNOW that I would not like to have anywhere to call my home. You see, I like having my own small, but private place. I like having a nice wife to share my life with. I like knowing where my next meal is coming from and where I’m going to sleep at night.

And I’d bet the same is true for you.

Because don’t we all have to admit that if these “basics” were suddenly taken away… we would not be “happy campers.”

Just think about that for a moment. You know, that does sound like an ugly, frightful situation to find one’s self in, doesn’t it? And I’d venture to say that it easily could be worse than I might imagine.

Chris.

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