You would have been amazed at the number of people in and out of the doors to Trinity recently. On Mondays and Fridays, we host the Coordinated Entry program, to help those people living without shelter to get connected to permanent supportive housing and other assistance. Several men, women and families were referred to the services provided by Park Center, Brightpoint and 2-1-1 to go through the assessment and get connected to housing and resources to help with other needs.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Janet Altmeyer and a team of well-trained volunteers listen to dozens of our community neighbors who are just not able to meet all of their needs. The volunteers listen, pray with and for our guests, and then try to help direct them to sources of food, clothing, family needs and other support missing in their current situation. It’s a sight to see, our 6-8 volunteers sitting with 30 or so neighbors, offering coffee, playing with their children, lending an ear to people who sometimes need to vent as much as they need anything tangible.
Wednesday evening, we had about 100 attendees for the last Community Dinner of the season. People come to get a ‘home-cooked’ meal and to have a bit of community. Listening to the friendly conversation as the children from E3 and adults from the various Wednesday evening activities join with our neighbors, you might not realize some of these folks never met before this meal.
Wednesday evening, we continued our Race Dialogue with about 60 attendees. We were gifted with the stories from three African American moms, raising children in Fort Wayne. They were generous enough to share a glimpse with us into some of the ‘standard’ discussions in their homes: what to do when a police officer pulls you over, for example. Because the assumption is: this will happen. So part of every parent’s commitment is to explain how to stay safe when their child gets pulled over
Thursday and Saturday, we served as the hub for dozens of volunteers helping the City gather information on what happens downtown at various times. They will use this information to figure out ways to increase the number of people coming downtown for positive activities and reasons. Many of the workers had never been inside the doors at Trinity English, so it was fun to introduce them to our building.
While I was serving a shift as the receptionist during the City’s project on Saturday, I met a young man who said he has been waking up for the past several months looking out onto our steeple. He has been a resident of The Salvation Army program just across Washington Blvd. After seeing that steeple so often and finding his way back to a healthier lifestyle, he felt drawn to want to see what was inside here. It was my privilege to show him around and talk with him. I understand he and a few friends came to church Sunday.
There is no “typical” day here, and one of the greatest joys of working at Trinity is getting to see what each day brings—and who it brings. Listen, stop in and see me, anytime: I’d love to show you around and have a chat!