This is the story of a single volunteer. The person serves the homeless in Roseville CA. She does not live in Roseville but lives in a community near the city.
|6:15 A.M.||Wake up. This is hard because she was soundly asleep and her husband had to give her a gentle shake.|
|6:18 A.M.||In the shower. The water is warm, but this is just the start of the day.|
|6:30 A.M.||All dressed. Kiss the husband, who is still in bed, good-bye and leave for the convent in Roseville.|
|7:00 A.M.||Arrive at the convent. Get the key to the van and unlock all the doors. Take the convent keys out and open the convent and the storage shed where the food items are kept.|
|7:02 A.M.||Start the water heater to make the coffee and hot water. Attach the hose and drain the standing water from the coffee maker.|
|7:05 A.M.||Go out to the van and remove the coffee and water containers and bring into the convent.|
|7:08 A.M.||Get the hand cart from the van to carry the full coffee containers. They are heavy and go on the cart between the coffee maker and the van.|
|7:10 A.M.||Remove the covers from the coffee maker and the wire baskets. Add a filter to the basket and fill it with four cups of ground coffee. Replace the basket into the coffee maker and notice the hot water is starting to rise in temperature, but it is not quite hot enough.|
|7:12 A.M.||Go outside and check the van contents. Make sure that there is enough food, creamers, sugar packets, and other items to feed about 70 people.|
|7:15 A.M.||Back inside, the water is hot enough to start making the coffee. So, turn on the water and let it flow through the coffee grounds into the tank.|
|7:30 A.M.||There is enough coffee to start to drain some off. So, attach the hose again and let the coffee flow into the container.|
|7:40 A.M.||The coffee container is full. So, turn off the valve, remove the hose, attach the lid, put it on the cart. Drain the excess coffee and start the hot water going into the container. Take the coffee out to the van and lift it into the van.|
|7:45 A.M.||The hot water is full. Turn off the valve, attach the lid to the container and put it on the cart. Stat the water back into the coffee maker so that it is not left dry.|
|7:50 A.M.||All complete. Wipe down the kitchen, check the lights are off and everything locked securely. Leave for the distribution site.|
|8:00 A.M.||Arrive at the site. Remove the tables, sometimes with some help, put the coffee on the tables, remove the cups, creamers, sugars, tea, and other items. Prepare the side of the van for distribution.|
|8:04 A.M.||Open the back of the van and start the process of asking people what they would like to have. Ensure that everyone signs the register so that we have a tracking of the people.|
|8:50 A.M.||Announce that this is the last call for coffee. Some people fill their thermos container with what is left of the coffee. But, usually there is some small amount left to dump. Use some of the remaining hot water to wipe down the tables and put the contents back into the van. Dump the rest of the hot water.|
|9:00 A.M.||Do a quick check to make sure that the area is clean and there is no trash left around and all is secure. Depart for the convent to return the van.|
|9:10 A.M.||At the convent, lock everything and return the keys to their proper place.|
|9:15 A.M.||Depart to continue with the rest of your day.|
While the same person does not work every day, the organization does. This is but a brief glimpse of the process that goes on six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. We have many people who help. They all follow a schedule similar to but not exactly the same as what I described. They are all dedicated, hard-working, and caring individuals.
The post office must have taken our motto about rain, snow, sleet and shine because we are there during all weather conditions; doing our job that we have come to love each day. Each day is a fresh start.