We grabbed some coffee. Ate a warm breakfast. Put on warm clean clothes. Defrosted the car painted white by the thin layer of ice hovering like an ineffective blanket over Everett this morning. Drove a mile to work. Walked into a heated building where I turned the heat up from 60 to 67. I like it better at 67.
Then I went to let in a friend who helps us get set up every morning at Our Common Ground. At the door there were four neighbors bundled up trying to stay warm. One was so cold and tired that getting up to get inside the warm building seemed painful as he stumbled and needed some assistance getting up to get in.
They were kind. They helped us get set up. My neighbors were so much less whiney than me. I was humbled.
Now there is hot coffee on - hot coffee our friends and neighbors put on to help us get a quicker start. We were on our second extra large pot within 30 minutes of opening. There is toast toasting. There are some folks sleeping. There are some folks chatting. One guy is playing guitar. For another three hours, they get to hang out inside with warm coffee and friendship.
It's not enough. When we meet friends freezing waiting to get in on an icy morning, it's not enough. But it's something. It's what we have to share. Welcome. Warmth. Community. Coffee.
And I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who partners with us to share these four simple things with our neighbors: Welcome. Warmth. Community. Coffee. It's not enough. But it's something. And we couldn't do it without you.
If you'd like to partner with us to keep this simple space open and warm, we are still about $3400 shy of our 2015 fundraising goals. Your partnership would not only help keep the doors open but help this whiney preggo woman get out of bed in the morning knowing that, in spirit, you are with us in this work of welcome. In spirit, you will be with us opening those doors and brewing hot coffee on too many cold mornings.