When I arrived at Open Door this morning, I was both relieved and thrilled that our resident "pancake chef" was in the kitchen mixing up a batch of his delicious cakes for our community and team. To be honest, I was hungry, and he has become part of my Monday morning routine. The sweet smell of pancakes, the roar of the vent hood and that familiar voice yelling "good morning, how was your weekend?"
You see, we helped our resident "pancake chef" who had experienced homelessness for several years, move into a permanent home just last Friday. This morning, he chose to be here to flip pancakes. Not because he had to, but because he wanted to. As I made my way to the kitchen I didn't answer his usual question. Instead, I asked him to tell me the best thing about his weekend. His response, with a huge smile on his face, was "having a door and being able to lock it behind me!" His eyes, grinning at me from behind his glasses, filled my heart with joy!
Having a door is something I personally take for granted. Coming home from a long day, kicking off my shoes and plopping down on the couch to have a moment to myself before the next wave of duties begin. For our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness, a door is much more than a few minutes of relaxation before dinner. It's an entryway to security, privacy, independence, and comfort. It’s literally the pathway to a new life.
It’s going to be an amazing fall and winter at Open Door as we watch the restoration that comes with the safety and security of a home.
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