January 26, 2009

Counting the homeless

Many of you may remember that at my previous job, I did a lot of work with (and in) the homeless population. The organization I worked for helped communities count the number of homeless for HUD (Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) funding requirements. The count happens every 2 years, and well...it's happening in 2009. So my old colleagues called me up to help out - it takes a lot to wake up at 4am to organize people (sometimes without coffee!)

So it went surprisingly smoothly this morning...Kelly and I woke up bright and early and were greeted by many homeless and volunteers alike at the Palo Alto shelter. It took about an hour, but we paired everyone up, got everyone maps, and sent them on their way! All teams reported back successfully, and most importantly, felt like they did something good and made a contribution.

What a good way to start a brand new week, considering that last week was one of the worsts I've ever had....

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