Twice today, the Day Center was utterly quiet for a minute. That happens early and late, but in seven years, I don't recall it happening in the middle of the day.
These quiet moments reminded me that most of day is not full of drama and sadness. Good things are happening, mostly. I made a list.
The couple I wrote about last week came in to the Day Center this morning. The first thing K said to me was: I'm not mad today.
James clipped off his beard before a job interview.
Kevin and Robert made a new panhandling sign.
Van played the Day Center guitar for two hours.
Nathan is getting a new apartment through Catholic Outreach.
The smoothie man dropped off a couple gallons of organic smoothie.
Richard picked up a new toothbrush and some lotion.
Carl received a smile and a greeting. Somebody who knows my name, he said.
Charles helped out at the front desk. I told him he could write down the guest's names for them. He said, I got in trouble for writing someone else's name. I don't do that any more.
Robert showed me his personal calendar and his state quarters check-off list.
James came in for a shower and to brush his teeth. His tent was robbed yesterday.
David and Brian got rides to their mental health appointments.
Tanya and Andy were assigned new storage bins.
Curt inherited a house.
Mark brought in a carpet shampooer so we can spruce up the vestibule.
Steve had to swap out the pants he was wearing for a smaller pair because he's lost so much weight.
Bill came in for a shower before going to his new job with the college food service.
Joyce has an apartment and she's been handing out the number for people to come visit her (days only).
Tammi is going to a women's group so she can get a bus pass.
Jane received information on where she can get help acquiring a new ID.
Charlene and David and Andy all discussed their sobriety.
John was given ibuprofen, with a warning about dosage.
Kristi is out of jail after being picked up three weeks ago on outstanding warrants.
Nine people borrowed my phone because the Day Center's phone has been up and down ever since the fire this winter.
The roofing crew was here today to repair the roof.
Someone is renovating the commercial building across the street that was hit by a car and lay abandoned and unrepaired for about two years.
A developer has announced his plan to build about 40 units of affordable housing a few blocks down the street.
Kitty corner from here is a block of apartments that weren't there when I started doing this work.
And yet on Monday, we set a record for the number of guests the Day Center served in a single morning.