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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Homeless family in Seattle

Last night before we opened there was a homeless mom and her 10 year old huddled in the parking lot, trying to keep warm. They came to the front door and asked for some blankets, and we hustled them inside.

My first impulse was to find them a place to go. NO SHELTER WOULD TAKE THEM.

The mom was hacking. "Just pneumonia, I'll be fine." She didn't want to go to Harborview Hospital, afraid they'd take the kid away.

Suddenly, he's crying and projectile vomiting all over the place. Thank God it was just nerves.

I gave up my futile search for resources. I was not going to let these two sleep outside. Father Kim showed up so the two of us loaded them into the car and took them to a downtown hotel for a night.

Wakeup call 7:30 a.m. "Got to get the boy to school in the morning," she explained between coughing fits.


Blogger John C said...

The biggest barrier families with children in school face are the 'time cycles' day to day. There are many people; in and out of the homeless services; who'll never understand the reason why people aren't able to 'thrive out' as much as should be expected.

Good posts and read, guys!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Pastor Rick said...

Thanks John. It has gotten so I don't want to answer the phone after 4:45 on Friday, that's when folks figure out how bad it might be, when all the doors have closed on them. Rick R

4:13 PM  

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