Apples and Toothless Smiles

  Tendonitis prevented me from serving at the homeless shelter today. So, let me share a tale from last summer. A  sad-looking, older woman named Valerie sat alone at a table. When I smiled at her, she smiled back instantly and beckoned me to come over. She then asked if I had a bag to… Continue reading Apples and Toothless Smiles

Three Tough Taste-Testers!

Busy day at the homeless shelter! But, a great Monday with a steady stream of folks coming by, all in an upbeat mood. I think the good weather helps, for sure.  Lots of dishes today for me; I missed my dishwashing partner! He’s home from vacation but had to work at his regular job today. Luckily,… Continue reading Three Tough Taste-Testers!

Beauty in an Alley

You know it’s going to be a great day when you find beauty in an alley. There were fiery scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers blooming along a fence as I cut through the back alley to the homeless shelter. I noticed it earlier when I briefly parked near the back doors to drop off five, perhaps six, large garbage bags full… Continue reading Beauty in an Alley

Part 3-Humanity Behind Homelessness

My sister, Lisa and I parted with the homeless man, Wade and headed to the shelter. We passed a middle-aged barefoot woman with a blank stare on her face. Oh, the stories we’d hear if only we’d listen. A police car dropped off a young, scantily dressed agitated woman. We entered the building to find… Continue reading Part 3-Humanity Behind Homelessness

Part 2-“Just tell him you’re with Wade!”

I zipped up a light sweater instead of changing my top which showed a glimpse of cleavage. Then, Lisa and I headed from our hotel to the homeless shelter. I told her I tucked a twenty dollar bill in my pocket for a donation.  I figured we wouldn’t be able to volunteer at this late… Continue reading Part 2-“Just tell him you’re with Wade!”

Put a Positive Spin on Your Life

Good things can evolve from bad events. I’m a true believer you can always put a spin on things. My daughter, Monique suddenly left her beloved first apartment with its large garden this winter. Having worked at a gardening centre last summer, she’d acquired many unique perennial plants she was reluctant to leave behind. Her… Continue reading Put a Positive Spin on Your Life

Careful What You Post!

Another great day at the shelter! For lunch, mushroom rice, lentil soup and meat sandwiches made with hamburger buns were on the menu. You use what’s available here. And plenty of hamburger buns were donated lately. I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of meat was in the sandwiches. When I asked a homeless man, he replied,”… Continue reading Careful What You Post!

Some Like It Hot!

  Great day at the shelter! When I arrived, the tuna sandwiches were finished and we were only serving soup. Two kinds of soup: cabbage soup and “spicy soup”, which is what we called a hearty lentil soup. A homeless man told me,” See how red my face is? And, see how I’m sweating? It’s not… Continue reading Some Like It Hot!

Has Anyone Seen My Cart?

Easy day at the shelter! Caught a break from the dishwashing today and helped out in the kitchen the whole time. My daughter, Monique and I chopped up tons of onions and garlic for Shepherd’s pie. Trust the world’s biggest onion and garlic lover to be in charge of the quantities to add to the meat! Layered the ground… Continue reading Has Anyone Seen My Cart?

In the Beginning…

It was the fall of 2013 when I stepped out of my comfort zone as a nurse to volunteer at a homeless shelter called Street Help. Yup, I’ve traded in my stethoscope for an apron once a week since then and I’ve never looked back. Let me tell you how it all began. A typhoon… Continue reading In the Beginning…