- 2 women's shelters
- A halfway house for schizophrenics
- Transitional housing for the recenly homeless
- Housing for people with AIDS
- 2 towers of fixed income living (mainly geriatrics)
- 400 members with a 50% turnover each year (200 in, 200 out)
- A core group of 40-some-odd folks who keep the ward afloat.
Needless to say, we are in for quite a change from the relative stability of the singles ward. But based on the above, I would argue that they could use a couple of gals with some leadership ability...and a social worker to boot. This is going to be a big adjustment for me but I am hoping that I will be able to find ways to serve that maybe I haven't experienced before. I am a little worried about my own growth in gospel knowledge/understanding but I guess that means I'll need to focus more on my personal efforts in that area.
I am excited for this new opportunity in many ways. I was also a bit scared/taken aback by a few things yesterday. Is it bad to laugh out loud at some of the stuff that happened? Heidi and I will be starting a book of quotes that we hear and I'm sure I'll post some of them here. Your sampler from yesterday, as given by an elderly woman in a flowery dress:
"Sometimes when I look into the eyes of my Dachsund, I see the eyes of Jesus."
SAY WHAT?!?! Stay tuned for more adventures in the Liberty 9th Ward.