When February temperatures turned frigid, and most of Whidbey’s citizens hunkered indoors from the snow and bitter wind, it was painfully evident that winter is deadly dangerous for dozens of our neighbors.
SPiN Board President Marc Stroud and Executive Director teamed up on an open letter to our city leaders, published in our local Whidbey News-Times. Many thanks to Pastor Marc and to Michele for your advocacy! Their letter reads as follows:
To Mayor Bob Severns and members of the Oak Harbor City Council: This week’s freezing weather has brought a long-standing community need to greater light.
We suggest a $25 donation to help us keep spreading kindness to those in need in our community.
Let’s have some fun with this! Pick up a sign, and send us a photo of it in your yard, parking strip, car window, or whatever creative place you can think of. Even tell us a story if you want. We’ll post your pictures on our social media with our thanks for your support.
Over the past few months we have seen great changes happening in the organization of SPiN Cafe. Because of the restrictive nature of the pandemic, SPiN has had to drop its identity as a cafe and transform its food distribution programs as nomads of sorts. We are reaching out to Whidbey Island’s homeless population from the back of a car. We have been able to serve thousands of sack meals to our guests at Oak Harbor park locations. We have done this with the support of a large army of local volunteers who serve lunches out of their own cars, seven days a week. SPiN Cafe has maintained other services for our guests as well. Laundry vouchers and shower privileges have continued go out to our guests as well as gifts of toiletries, spare clothing and socks donated by the local churches.