Wednesday July 31st 6:00pm
We have now made it 61 days into the program with only 31 nights remaining in Winter. As I am sure the rest of the committee can attest it’s been a long road to this point, with many hours of prayer and sleepless nights working through the minutiae of running such an extensive project.
I’m sorry it’s been such a long time between updates, the details have kept us pretty well bogged down but you deserve some news. It’s been an exciting 2 months, we’ve had ups and downs, sleep and chaos, dinner and dessert. Hearing about what our guests have been eating each night has had me very tempted to roster myself into some evening shifts. Massive thank you to all those who have provided meals and treats to our volunteers and guests. Your efforts in the kitchen have been appreciated beyond measure, with some of our guests finding it necessary to move out a belt loop or two.
It’s been an exciting few days in the shelter with us hitting max occupancy, having a visit from MP Rod Barton and hosting an exploratory group from Newcastle hoping to start their own shelter next winter! Bendigo is the first regional location to host something like this and we’ve had our unique challenges but thus far thanks to our volunteers, prayers and a great group of guests we’re finding it a successful venture.
Now that we have passed the half way point it’s time to start looking at the wrap-up and the direction for next year. It is the moment when life on the committee gets a little less interesting as we analyse statistics and put together a report, when we draft proposals and strategies, and we schedule a week of hibernation in September. I’m really looking forward to sharing with you the facts and figures of what Bendigo as a community has accomplished and hear your feedback as to how we can improve for next year.
While our scope was limited our impact hasn’t been. We have hosted 29 individual, seen one of our favourites move into a permanent residence and provided 336 hot meals. And we’re not done yet!