Well, the milder weather has washed away the snow, making the lawns green again and closing the shelter.
I want to thank everyone for helping to make the past eleven nights so special for the eighteeen different people who spent the night with us (and the four who just came for a meal). During this activation we offered a few new services, thanks to some kind donations: TV, a laptop and pillows. The TV is very popular and we're going to bring it out now and again. We don't want it out every night because it tends to stifle conversation and socialization but it's a nice change of pace. The laptop is also very popular, checking emails, facebook, searching for housing and at least two are job hunting, including 1 fellow who landed two interviews at restaurants in Richmond (he's an experienced cook). We have one young man from Russia staying with us and he was up most of one night chatting with his family back home using the laptop.
The highlight of the run was that two of our regulars will no longer be regular guests -- they moved into a suite and you can imagine how happy they are. Again, thanks to the kindness of the shelter community, they are fully equipped with all the essentials (and more) and are enjoying the comforts of their new home.