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Someone’s child

Sunday in Kensington was cold and busy. A chilly day after a warm one usually means we will have lots of requests for cold weather items - gloves, hats, scarves, blankets and hoodies. We always run out, even though our friends and members of AIM keep us well-stocked...

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I miss my mom

It was extremely cold in Kensington today. We reminded a few of our angels that a ton of snow is expected tomorrow night into Tuesday. How does that work if you sleep outside on a mattress and all your belongings are out in the open? While I was on my way to...

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We believe in you

Today was a good, busy day. We laughed so much, even in the bitter cold with numb toes and fingers. I saw quite a few regulars, like S, who tells us week after week that he’s just about ready for treatment. He’s one of my favorites, one of the guys I look for each...

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Hopeless

We were all happy to see N again today. He looked good - new clothes, haircut, smile on his face. He shared the story behind the new clothes and haircut - he was panhandling on the corner the other day and heard someone call his name. He looked over at the car and saw...

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Thankful

Sometimes when I come home from Kensington I feel so hopeless and angry. Like, how can this possibly get better? Seems like it’s just getting worse. So many people are down there suffering. We hear such heartbreaking stories, see so many of the same people out there....

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Hope

When we go to Kensington, we hope that we don’t see some of our favorite angels down there again. On the other hand, if we don’t see them, we worry about where they are. Have they OD’d? Did they go to treatment? (That’s what we hope for.) Sometimes we hear about them...

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Beautiful

We met L, a sweet young guy, at K&A today. He serenaded us with a song called Scars to Your Beautiful, singing off-key with a big smile. As we talked, I noticed he had a bandage on his hand. I asked if he was ok, and if he wanted Josie, who is a nurse, to take a...

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The artist

I met an artist in Kensington today who also happens to be homeless. His art supplies were: a small piece of cardboard, two pieces of paper and a pen. He was very excited to show us his work and when I asked if I could take a picture he happily said yes. As an artist,...

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Hands

We talked to B today when we visited the warehouse in Kensington where people "live." He told us he's going to detox tonight. He said that he's been out on the streets for about 2 months, and that he never thought he was hurting anyone other than himself. But he...

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Thanks for listening

Today in Kensington I met T. He rode up on his bike for a sandwich and a blessing bag, and asked if he could have a sandwich for his girlfriend, whose name I guessed from the tattoo on his neck. He told me that he wanted to get out of the vicious cycle he was stuck...

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You treat us like we’re human

Kensington was overwhelming today. It was very cold, so the number of people we talked with was a little smaller than usual. D at K&A borrowed my sharpie to write down a phone number, and then asked if he could keep the sharpie. I hesitated and he said, "I want to...

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You Are Loved

Today in Kensington we met P. He thanked us for the blessing bag we gave him. He noticed that it said "you are loved" on it, and he said that he wanted to share a story with us about that. He was having a really rough day a while back, and was thinking about hurting...

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