I have a practice of writing at least one thing that I am grateful for each day in my journal each day. With Thanksgiving coming up day after tomorrow, I'd like to share some SF CARES specific gratitude with you all.
Today I am greatful for all the volunteers that have allowed SF CARES and all our collaborators to do our work this year. I’m grateful for the forty some odd folks who have served as Crises Line Counselors for the Night Ministry, taking calls from the lonely and the desperate every single night of the year. I’m grateful for the churches that make lunch to serve after Open Cathedral. I’m grateful for the many many folks who’ve come out to the Free Farm to plant, water, weed, harvest, and fertilize and especially to the dedicated core group who make lunch for each Wednesday and Saturday workday. I’m grateful to the many churches and volunteer groups who have come to Old First Presbyterian on a second or fourth Saturday to set up, serve, and clean up after the Community Dinner we feed to 200-300 people on those nights and especially grateful for those who come early to bring ingredients and cook the meal. (One dedicated pair cooks every single second Saturday and we have several groups who trade off to cover most fourth Saturdays.) I’m grateful, too, for the folks who come each week to serve the smaller Tuesday afternoon meal and chat with our guests. I’m grateful for the groups who buy groceries and cook for the Friendship Banquet we serve to folks living with HIV and AIDS each Tuesday. I’m grateful for all the folks who have come out for a street retreat, or one of the many other opportunities to learn offered by the Faithful Fools. I am grateful for all of the wonderful donors to all of our collaborators and the few SF CARES itself has attracted that, along with our volunteers, allow us to continue our work. I’m grateful for all the socks and blankets and toiletries we’ve been able to hand out because so many good folks donated them to us.
We can always use funds and volunteers for all of our programs,(not to mention socks), but today I’m not going to ask you for anything. Today I just want to say, ‘THANK YOU!’ and wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. May you each have much to be grateful for in the coming year.