This home is a mansion to me. I have a place where I can eat, sleep, bathe and get healthy
After 51 years, I finally have a home. I love living here. It’s the best place in the world to live.
Until last summer I worked an organization called Mobile Loaves & Fishes, which serves the homeless in Austin and in five other cities across the country. A couple times a year, the MLF leadership takes employees and other members of the community out onto Austin’s streets for something called a Street Retreat. Street Retreat participants leave behind [...]
Sleeping on the Sidewalk Sucks. A few weeks ago I went on a Street Retreat – my first. I came home from work Friday afternoon, took off my blazer and heels, put on track pants and sneakers, and grabbed my backpack stuffed with a water bottle, change of clothes, my driver’s license, and [...]
Daniel Sullivan, a Notre Dame student who joined us on the January 2013 Street Retreat shared his paper with us: “You ain’t no tramp, are you?” Even though I was dirty, hungry, tired and had spent the previous night under a highway overpass, I still shook my head at “King” Harold’s toothless grin. [...]
I slept under a bridge, with nothing but a sleeping bag, a journal, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and the clothes on my back. This weekend, I experienced something called a "street retreat." As you read the word "retreat," you might be tempted to envision a cozy Church building, uplifting worship music, and talented speakers. A [...]
The following is a paper by one of our January 2013 Street Retreat Participants, a Notre Dame student named Sam Baldazo: “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Poverty, like any other social [...]