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.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tonight was CityTeam's last night in Seattle.
Tomorrow those 60+ guys are going to have to scramble to find a place to go.
Sunday night may the end of the severe weather shelters funded by the City of Seattle. Great timing. The snow is melted. Another 160 people will be left to scramble, unless they extend things tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Rick plays Santa
Labels: christmas homeless Nightwatch
Sunday, December 21, 2008
My Back Porch
I stood on my back porch and snapped a pic about 10:00 pm 12.21.08.
Not really complaining.
All week I was getting around just fine in my all wheel drive Subaru. Even today, I got out to Queen Anne for church, no problems with getting over Capitol Hill.
But this afternoon my friend Dustin put out the call for firewood for Nickelsville. I loaded up the car and headed down the alley. I slid, stalled 1/2 block from home.
Spent the next hour with Lorri hooking up the chains, getting advice from neighbors, trying to simply back up and park. Yeah. An hour to park.
When it snows, everything gets a bit tricky.
Now I have to worry about a bunch of new stuff. Will Nightwatch be able to serve homeless people through a busy week? Hope the volunteers are smarter than me with picking routes. Looking at my car on a side street up to the hubcaps in snow, I'm not sure if I'll be able to drive before Wednesday.
And will our donors remember us during this horrible distraction?
And can I have a Christmas brunch for my friends?
sigh. At least the tree looks nice.
And God, keep everyone warm who is homeless tonight. Forgive me my pettiness.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Ben & I save a life
Last night, a snowy night in Seattle. Salvation Army informed us that their workers were getting a paid night off, the shelter would be closed. Potentially 40 women's beds lost on one of the most miserable nights of the year.
Luckily, the city of Seattle had authorized the opening of other cold weather shelters, which took pressure off Nightwatch. "Hey, aren't those shelters staffed by Salvation Army?" Oh yeah. Hmmmm. Well.
So, I'm wandering from Nightwatch, trying to take Ben home at the end of the night. By some fluke - the leading of God? -- we drive by the entrance to First Covenant Church. Sitting in the doorway is a handicapped woman, someone who walks under normal circumstances with great difficulty. She had come straight to Tonya's Room, not knowing that it was closed. So, at 10 at night, we load her into the car. It took 10 minutes. We drove to the Seattle Center, where emergency shelter is temporarily located. I looked at the long walk, and realized, "no way."
Sitting in the car, I called DESC. One woman's bed left. We scurried over there and left her in the able hands of their staff.
What would have happened if we hadn't wandered by the church. If Ben hadn't spotted her? If I hadn't been on duty to drive Ben home?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Help a family? Sheesh again.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Ice is NOT nice
Labels: cold Seattle homeless Nightwatch
Friday, December 12, 2008
I know you probably don't know what a homeless burrito is - not something you eat.
But guys talk about getting a piece of heavy plastic, a blanket, and then you roll up in it and tuck in the ends.
This is a survival strategy when there isn't enough shelter.
Tonight there were 7 men and a women sent off to Tent City 3, currently located at Calvin Presbyterian, in Shoreline, WA. It's long bus trip to get there.
The woman went because she wanted to, we still had room at the shelters.
But it's cold tonight.
I stopped at a place on Aurora at the request of some of my bar friends. One guy was sure there was going to be a dead body in a sleeping bag at a certain location. But the bag was moving -- breathing still. Thank goodness.