Executive Director 10-24-2014 Walking in Their Shoes

Last week, Thursday was a very rainy fall day. My first meeting that day was at the ADAMHS Board located at W.25th Street and Lorain Avenue. Parking there is difficult so even if is it raining I always walk to that location. And it was pouring. Fortunately, I had a raincoat and umbrella. My clothes were pretty dry when I arrived but my shoes, socks and feet were soaked. An hour later when I returned to the WSCC it was still raining and my feet only got more soaked.

All day as I walked around or sat at my desk I had wet shoes, wet socks and cold feet. It was uncomfortable. I didn’t have extra shoes in my office or time to go home and change them.   I thought of my clients who get around by walking and often deal with wet shoes and socks and cold feet all the time! In fact, foot problems caused by constantly wet shoes and socks are a real issue for the clients of the WSCC. We are blessed to have two podiatrists that volunteer every month to address some of these issues.

We can always use new socks at the WSCC especially as winter approaches. It is always good to have socks (and boots) to distribute to our folks. Simple things like good socks and boots can really make a difference in someone's life. We are thankful to our in-kind donors who provide these necessities for our clients.

We have been very saddened this week by the loss of two members of the WSCC community. Tom Hoskin, husband of former WSCC Executive Director Aggie Hoskin passed away last week, suddenly and unexpectedly. Aggie and Tom support the Moriah House, the Women and Children’s Shelter through gifts from The Jennifer Fund which they established in memory of their daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hoskin family on the loss of their husband, father and grandfather.

Words cannot adequately express the community’s sadness over the loss of Jim Skerl , teacher at St. Ignatius.  Mr. Skerl impacted so many in the community through his work with L’Arche and as the founder of the Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless and the St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearers Society.  His legacy lives on in the lives of those he touched – including mine.

There is still time to purchase your tickets to the annual Warm Hearts Winter Nights Gala. This year we are looking forward to our new location at the recently opened downtown Cleveland Westin. Go to http://www.wsccenter.org  or call 216-631-4741 for details.

We are already thinking Christmas at the WSCC and as we think about the holidays we are looking for families or groups to “Adopt a Family” from our Zacchaeus Program. Call Terrie Garr at extension 122 to participate.  We are also gearing up for The Giving Tree where we distribute new socks, underwear, hats, insulated gloves and sweatshirts to over 1600 men, women and children. Please consider purchasing a few of these items for The Giving Tree as you begin your Christmas shopping.

As always, thank you for reading,