This morning, the owner of a coffee shop handed me a check for $500, half his sales from the day before, to support Street Angels, his reason being that he had been homeless himself once and hadn’t forgotten.
In the past two days, 650 people have donated money to Street Angels and countless others have offered support and encouragement, telling us that if we ever thought people didn’t care about homelessness, we were wrong.
We still don’t know who set our bus on fire, whoever it was, and whatever his reason, we’ll never make sense of it.
It never once occurred to us to just give up, despite this having been a hellish winter in our work with many difficult things happening that were out of our control but made us feel responsible and very discouraged.
The proverb “the darkest hour is just before the dawn” played out for us and our community in vivid and extraordinary colors in the past two days leaving us incredibly heartened and maybe even a little joyous.