Archive | September, 2011

Tomorrow’s the Day

16 Sep

That’s right, students begin moving in tomorrow.  Starting at 10 am, the facilitators can begin moving into their houses.  That means it’s been crunch time for me as I check off the final tasks from my summer to-do list.

This summer the Ave House has received most of my attention.  A couple of the major improvements are new lighting on the main floor (almost every fixture was upgraded!), new carpets in the common areas upstairs, and the wood floor in the entry/Cigar Room was finished.  The house is looking great!  Here are some photos of the improvements:

The woods getting refinished. If you want to see the final product, stop by the house!

No longer will the guys be eating in the dark! We went for a traditional chandelier look, while trying to keep it manly enough.

This hallway had been very dark...things are lookin' a bit brighter now. We'll see how the track holds up against soccer balls and footballs.

This room had similarly been quite dark...there are now nearly triple the bulbs.

The old carpet was ripped, holey, thin, and well...past its prime. The second and third floor common areas are looking fantastic with the new carpet.

Don’t hesitate to stop by the house in the upcoming weeks to say hi to the guys and see the improvements.  Also, the Vision 16 blog will be going through some changes in the upcoming month.  Be on the lookout!

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Understanding Homelessness

7 Sep

Hopefully none of you read the title of this post and thought “Looks like I’m off the hook!  No need to read this one.”  Even those of us who have wrestled with the topic, those of us who have looked into the eyes of a person on the street and had all of our theories and judgments melted into a puddle of complexity and questions, still struggle with how to love people in this kind of need.

This blog entry certainly will not be an attempt at answering questions or even ask new ones.  It is simply an appeal from one confused friend to another.  It’s an appeal to learn more, to ask questions, and to not look away.

A great way to engage and to learn more is by attending a seminar that the Union Gospel Mission is offering on September 27.  It will be a three hour evening session to learn more surrounding the issues of homeless, as well as practical tips for how you can be involved in your daily life.

Who: You! and anyone else interested.

When: 6-9pm, September 27

Where: Blu Cafe in Shoreline

Why: To relieve fear surrounded with those different then us and provide some tools for engaging people who are experiencing homelessness. A successful course would end in stronger church engagement of their community.