Curled up in my cozy chair with a warm cup of tea feels absolutely luxurious as I look out the window at the landscape of snow and ice, covering everything as if it was dipped in frosting and sprinkled with icing sugar. It’s beautiful. But it is also brutal… especially to those that do not have housing.
SPIN is a thriving, busy place every day of the week, serving dozens of guests at any given time. In an environment like that, things tend to wear out… and the “I wish we had…” lists just keep getting longer.
What’s at the top of the wish list?
In case you missed it at last November's annual dinner, here is Tangiler London's inspiring and joyful story on video. Many thanks to Reid Schwartz for shooting and editing this story. Reid is a real estate broker at Keller Williams in Oak Harbor and a devoted supporter of SPIN's mission.
“I wanted to be this man's white knight.”
It all started going downhill for Jayla Lawing when the man she was living with, the man who’d been so kind to her and her six-month-old baby when he met her, started using methamphetamine.
These are momentous times for SPIN Cafe. And that's a perfect time to celebrate.
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I just completed my third meeting this month with a WorkSource client who is interested in doing a work-study at SPIN Cafe. Every time I do one of these "interviews" I am reminded that there are very few places in our community where people can go outside of school or college to get real-time work experience in order to build up their skills. These skills allow them to not only get the job they want, but to keep the job they have.
Over seventy years ago, Frank Capra tossed that question at George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life." George brushed it aside, embarrassed, with a "sure, they believe in angels..." and Clarence shot back:
"Then why should they be surprised when they see one?"
Looking for a great way to support SPIN Café' while you shop online?
June, Penny, Bob, and Mark -- ready to hand out the goods to four lucky winners.
The people we serve are as much a blessing to us as we are to them, our ability as human beings to love one another in all circumstances is paramount to our civilization. Penny Fowkes
We're letting the community know how SPIN makes us all stronger. And we welcome guest posts! Please contact blogger Bill Walker if you'd like to post an article.
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