Giving tender attention. Listening with compassion. Helping with kindness.
Visitors and volunteers at the Street Hope RV
October 2013 Dear Street Hope Supporters, There is a hint of autumn in the air. Soon the warm, dry evenings of summer will be a memory and the cool dampness of fall will prevail. We will close the RV windows and door to provide our visitors a warm, dry refuge. Those that have been gathering outside this summer will huddle in the entrance way of the church across the street. They will come to our door for homemade soup, hot chocolate or a sandwich, and if there is room, join us in the RV to receive the hospitality we oﬀer. Perspective on Vulnerability One evening in the RV we were having a conversation about vulnerability. It was interesting hearing the different perspectives presented - thoughts that so obviously came out of life experience. One man took some time to write down the following about vulnerability: Facing a gauntlet is being vulnerable to the environment. Facing depression means having a vulnerable situation in life. Facing an addiction is a vulnerability which is hard to overcome. Being homeless represents a vulnerable situation as well. Being a prostitute and being open to abuse is being vulnerable. Old people are lonely and are also vulnerable. Vulnerability is also a window to get strength from God. Vulnerability is part of a relationship. Openness is a sign of vulnerability. As we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with a person, we risk rejection. Empathy is key in understanding the heart of a person. ~Name withheld
Introducing Des Des is the volunteer who has been involved with Streethope the longest. He started working with Threshold Evangelist, Rick Sandberg, twenty years ago when they literally walked the streets, engaging people in conversation. Des learned about generosity and kindness from his mother who fed homeless men in the 1930’s. He saw how ironic life could be when, after the war, he met veterans at college who went from being hobos in the ’30’s, to heroes in WWII. He sees Streethope visitors today as victims of circumstance, and humbly shares with them out of the abundance he has received. Who Do We Serve? Our visitors are a very diverse group, each with their own circumstance and story. They are predominantly male but a quarter to a third of them are female. They range in age from their 20’s to retirement age. Some are unable to manage for themselves, and others are under employed, between jobs or lonely. Regardless of their deportment or status, we greet them all with respect and hearts open to what they bring to Streethope.
Des on the right, visiHng with one of our guests
Our Prayers • We thank God for your prayers and the support we receive from you, our faithful patrons. • We seek wisdom and compassion as we respond to the complex needs of specific visitors and are humbled when all we can do is pray with them. This perhaps being the greatest gift we can give. • Our ministry has reached the limit of our ability to meet the worldly needs of our guests. We pray for discernment and flexibility as we respond to the growth in the number of people visiting Street Hope and ask that you pray for more volunteers to join us. • We pray that our guests will experience Grace, trusting that they are held in God’s love, through all circumstances.
Street Hope remains dependent on generous partners like yourself. Online donations can be made through CanadaHelps and PayPal. There is a link on our website (StreetHope.org) which allows you to make a one time donation or set up scheduled on-going donations. OR Send a cheque/money order to Threshold Ministries made out to “Street Hope Victoria”. Thank you!
Street Hope Contact Informa9on T. 250-‐418-‐0065 E. firstname.lastname@example.org W. www.streethope.org Address: 4113 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8X 1K9