And… We’re back!
I’ve been away for five months, volunteering for another organization, doing the same mission but under other auspices. Now, I have resumed my independent identity and I’m forging ahead!
I got a full-sized camp stove that uses propane from a big tank rather than the small bottles. This is tremendously successful! The burners kick out a lot more heat, making everything faster. Also, many of the camps have their own supply of propane, which saves me the expense and running around to get refills.
I’m concentrating on food that can be prepared in pots. Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal is my new secret weapon! (Not so secret, now, I guess.) It’s delicious, nutritious, well-enjoyed by the folks at camp, and very affordable; a 25-lb. bag costs $20.78 at Cash and Carry. I serve it with butter, brown sugar, raisins, and milk, which all together make breakfast a feast! (Regular oatmeal is also still available, for those who like it.)
I have a regular gig at Licton Springs Village, the City-sanctioned camp at Aurora Ave. N & N 88th St. (four minutes from my house). This camp is where the City shelters people who are still using alcohol and drugs; they call it a “low-barrier” camp. The folks are just as nice as people in other camps, but they have a harder time taking care of themselves. There are a couple of staff people on duty all the time, just to keep things in order. I cook breakfast on Saturday and dinner on Wednesday.
I’m also back at Camp Second Chance, which has recently undergone a cataclysm of change. I have been welcomed back warmly, and I expect to be serving there regularly, though I haven’t got my schedule set, yet.
I’ll be adding to this site in the days to come, trying to make it a useful resource for those who serve the homeless. See you soon!