by Robbie Becker
Robbie Becker is our congregation’s host coordinator for Families Moving Forward – a program of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative that provides shelter and hospitality for families experiencing homelessness. LNL is a Beacon collaborating congregation.
As I write this on our final day of “hosting,” I try to imagine the roller coaster of emotions the FMF families are experiencing. It’s frightening enough to be without a place to lay your head, tuck in your children and brew a cup of tea before bed. The extra virus “what ifs” are nearly unfathomable: What if I can’t maintain a safe distance in a crowded space? What if I get sick and have to go to the hospital? Where will my kids go?
I don’t think any of us have a clear understanding of this reality. Yet, we are blessed to participate in a ministry that helps these families find a path to stable housing in the midst of COVID-19.
Our experience this year has been marked by a number of differences.
A year of Zoom meetings, emails and text messages instead of seeing each other at church? It’s been challenging for all of us. HOWEVER, I am boundlessly grateful for our ability to participate in FMF this year. Just consider our blessings!
Even in the face of an aggressive virus, the generosity of neighbors shines through. Yes, blessings.