I just want to take a moment to reflect on what I was able to witness this morning. A community, friends and strangers, came together to accomplish a mission. Laughter was in the air, along with me fussing. Children (our future) led mini projects within the serving line, cleanup, clothes line and our hygiene area. Everything went fast. Tears were publicly shed and a deeper appreciation for what we have was definitely acknowledged. Some arrived seeing strangers but all left having met a new acquaintance and fellow community advocate. The park will be closing for renovations and realistically it won’t open for the unsheltered, like it is now, once the resources have been allocated for the new vision. We will find another location but for me it’s so emotional because this is where it began. I remember @sonyamaliya
and I met the @dcques
for the first time when @gyindc
came to help us serve. The next time we met @tiesandclips @unqrownedqing @cloudydayze
and now the very place that brought all of us together will no longer be what it is now. Growth is always great but it definitely hurts.This time last year we recorded our Thanksgiving initiative and who would have known it would have been the video that caught the eye of the talented, influential and inspiring @rachaelray @rachaelraymag @rachaelrayshow
You provided a lifetime experience for us and I can’t even begin to describe what you and your amazing staff mean to me. This place and everyone I’ve encountered from this place mean the world to me. I’d like to THANK @bombas
for the 1,000 socks that everyone wanted an extra pair of!! It’s cold and it’s only going to get colder. The little things make the difference. Thank you Kayla and Donna for seeing my vision even if I don’t articulate it in full detail! It’s like you get me and understand my creative side. #thanksgiving #love #community #growingpains #partnership #servewithexcellence #tgnck
I love you all. Sincerely, Mercedes.