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

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

At your service

Operation Nightwatch got a van -- surplus from King County. It has 146,000 miles on it, but it is in pretty good shape.
So last night I played chauffeur, making two runs to the women's shelter from our dispatch center. Normally, women would be given a free ride ticket for the city bus.
On this night at least they got curb to curb service.
There are a few kinks to work out. The van is pretty tough to get in and out of -- not much of a step. The very first woman to get into the van has major mobility problems. I couldn't tell if it was her knee or maybe impaired by a stroke. She had a hand cart/bag contraption that barely fit in the back of the van. The next few people liked using the stool.
Now we have to recruit volunteer drivers.
From 9:00 to 10:15 or so at night. The ladies were all very happy and appreciative.
Pastor Rick "Home, James" Reynolds


Blogger katia said...


I'll happily be a volunteer driver in a pinch. :)

4:53 PM  

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