Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch
- Name: Pastor Rick
- Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Side bar: Aromatic bitters
Apostles Creed in the tavern
"Sullivan" stops me on the sidewalk, asks for prayer. It's 9:00 p.m. Three years ago I met him at a bar downtown and he started off defending his Roman Catholic faith by quoting the Apostle's Creed. I recited it with him; he was amazed that a Free Methodist would agree. We have more in common than he thought, and we've been friends since.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Ran into MVW at St. Martin's. He hasn't moved very far since I knew him at Nightwatch 12 years ago. Insists he's doing fine, truly nice to see him.
Delivered one female to shelter at midnight. Don't know what she said to me; my Korean isn't any better than her English.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Isaac Palmer -- death
Today a small group of us met with the contractors doing the work on I-5. Not the subcontractor, but the general contractor, up from California. They were all decent guys, really seem to want to do the right thing, make things safe for everyone.
The problem is there are not enough shelter beds, not enough affordable housing. People have to survive, and Interstate 5 is dry and accessible. There have been homeless people camping out in this stretch of the freeway for a very long time.
Twelve or thirteen years ago there were 200-300 hundred people in the greenbelt at the NW edge of Beacon Hill -- called the Jungle. Some of the campsites were unbelievably developed -- with huts made out of found materials, design, an aesthetic, homey touches all around.
The contractors want to have a list of options to pass out to homeless people.
THERE AREN'T ANY OPTIONS.
Oh yeah. Operation Nightwatch turned away 3 women last night.
Rick photo credit: John Decker