I have been hinting for a couple of weeks now about the quilt ministry that I want to start. I actually began the whole process about 3 months ago when I contacted several churches in San Francisco.
Then discouragement set in.
Not a single church contacted me back.
Nope. Not one. Hmmm.
I hope our church never does something like that!!
Why did I contact churches in San Francisco anyway?
There are homeless people in every big city in America.
But after spending quite some time in San Fran,
I grew a place in my heart for the homeless of that city.
The above photo is from Haight Street.
It is common for the homeless to own dogs.
The dogs keep their masters warm.
What really got to me is that the homeless are
EVERYWHERE in San Francisco.
Way more than in Kansas City where I am from,
or even in Chicago, Nashville, or D.C.
(I've been those places as well).
As people walk down the sidewalk,
they just step over the homeless...without a second thought.
San Francisco is just different
than other places that I've been in so many ways.
In the early morning it comes alive
with the hustle and bustle of business men and women.
It actually is very low crime,
as long as you stay in the business districts.
Then, when it gets dark..
just go inside and stay there.
The night life is the complete opposite of the day life.
This town is the epitome of the saying,
"It's like Night and Day"
I'll refrain from placing a night life photo here
Every morning, the street cleaners come along
and clean every street and hose down every sidewalk.
It is quite necessary due to the urine and the feces.
When you go eat fast food in San Fran.
and don't finish your meal, you don't throw it away.
Just sit it on the sidewalk.
It will be consumed shortly.
Even though it is in California,
San Francisco is not a warm and sunny place.
It is usually overcast and drippy.
There are few trees, no grass;
Unless you can go to the park or something.
To me, it is about as desolate as the desert!
It is my dream someday
to go out on a Christmas morning,
and just hand out quilts.
Spread a bit of sunshine...
But, I guess that isn't going to happen right now.
And that is ok.
I have other doors opening for the quilt ministry.
(More about that later this week)
Though, I will be making some quilts,
laying them aside,
for someday when I can get other quilters to join forces with me,
and go cover San Francisco
on Christmas morning!
That will make my heart happy!
( photos were all taken from the net, supposedly public domain)