Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Volunteer Blogging: Facts and Figures

I received a suprise email yesterday from the man who was in charge of managing the shelter. He stumbled across my blog and dropped me a line.

Here's what I found ironic. He was very kind in expressing his gratitude for my help. Yet I seem to recall that when I arrived every morning, he was already there, and when I left every evening, he was still there. That seems to indicate to me that he put in some mightly long hours. If you're goinng to be passing out kudos, Joe, better save some for yourself.

But here was the part of the email that most touched me. He's given me permission to publish it here:

I know I am rambling, but I wanted to give you some stats: In the 21 days of shelter operations, we gave over 600 residents a safe place to rest their heads. Over 2100 “non-residents” came into the shelter for services or help. When we closed on Sept. 21 only one person had to go back into a shelter (but only because his apartment was not ready to move into).
That feels really good.

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