Hot Night on the Street
So tonight one of our local politicians, Seattle City Councilperson Tom Rasmussen took a tour of my world. What a guy!
Here's what he saw:
- Volunteers at Nightwatch heating soup and setting out sandwiches.
- A homeless family: Dad, mom (pregnant), and preschool kid, getting sent off to a cheap hotel room, and getting some good counsel on what to do tomorrow to get longer term help.
- First Avenue Service Center, where the crew was mopping the floor and getting ready for the onslaught of homeless guys.
- St. Martin de Porres shelter, where 200+ older men reside.
We got back to the Operation Nightwatch dispatch center, where homeless men and women were waiting to go out to shelter someplace around Seattle. The heat caused tempers to flare. Words exchanged, staff intervened. No punches thrown, thank God.
It's just too darn hot tonight.