My " Hail Mary " pass to Jonathon de Vooght of Jordans Interiors and Floor Coverings, and to Coretta Peets of Victoria Cool Aid Society. Please pray, it is recieved in a spirit of peace, compassion and cooperation.
Dear Jonathon and Coretta,
As we are having a C.A.R.T.S. Board Meeeting this Wednesday to deal with our eviction from Queen's Manor parking lot, and a meeting with Mayor Lisa Helps on Friday. I wonder if I might throw a " Hail Mary " as a last act of hope.
This Is C.A.R.T.S 12th year of feeding and caring for the marginalized in the inner city. In twelve years we have built a relationship with this community. It has been nurtured and cultivated in trust. They know week after week we'll be there. It is this commitment that nurtured and deepend the realtionship we have withis community.Most Sundays we also have a couple Registered Nurses that volunteer with us. In the almost 12 years of operating we have not missed one Sunday due bad weather. We have one couple, 79 and 80 years old, that drive all the way down from Crofton every Sunday. Bringing fresh produce, baking, hard boiled eggs, apple sauce and more. These folks are like grandparents to some of the folks in the parking lot.
We've been in the parking lot before Queen's Manor moved in. We do try and clean up after each visit. Could we try and be more diligent in our effort to clean up? Yes, and we can delegate more people to do that, including the area by Jordans Interiors.
I guess it all feels like a knee-jerk reaction, considering the length of time we've been there and nothing was really conveyed to us. I would like to think before I see the Mayor, that I could at least say that we at least tried to make it work in some kind of cooperative effort.
I wonder, would you both considering giving this idea a try. How about, if we didn't set up in the parking lot until Jordan Interiors closes at 5:00pm on Sundays. Again we would ensure the area is clean upon leaving. And we could keep an eye on people congregating in the area. Tonight when we left, there were 3 people in the area; one person working on a bicycle, and 2 others at the front door of Queens Manor.
I have to believe that surely between the 3 of us we could work together to ensure that a relational connection, food and care is offered to a marginalized group of people for about " 1 Hour " or so on a Sunday afternoon.
Yours Sincerely Ron Cole
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