It has been a long and hard road this last 2 month for the community of St. Martin’s… at our All Staff meeting last week I think most of us felt overwhlemed with sadness and loss. In the last several months we have lost 8 of our clients… people that we call family. In the middle of our remembering of those that we had lost a powerful Hope gave us comfort- these amazing people that struggled and fought to leave the streets and make their lives better did not die alone and many of them died in a place they could call home. The staff and volunteers of St. Martin’s helped make that “Family and Home” happen for them. The fact that a room full of St. Martin’s staff gather to remember and miss them expresses our heart-felt unspoken mission… “You are not alone and we will do everything we can to help you find your way back home.” I think this is what Hope looks like and the staff of St. Martin’s will remember faces and smiles and struggles and courage and challenges and people…that belong to us. They are family.
Please join with us in remembering those that have died in the last two months.
Blessings, Fr. Rusty
August 2, 2011