I remember very clearly the day when Vern spoke up to support another guy who messed up. The guy stole something from our office, and we were trying to piece together what had happened.
Vern said, “Of all places I know, this is a place of second chances.”
That statement says so much: it is a recognition of who we are, and how we are perceived; it is a reflection of how God deals with each of us, regardless of our circumstances and position in life; and it is a reminder of our own shortcomings as we reach out to those in need.
This realization that we (staff, volunteers and all of us for that matter) are not that much different from our street friends, ‘levels the playing field’ and shows