Rector's Warden Report: December 29th, 2022
As part of my job outside of St. Martin's I am writing the City of Philadelphia's Humanitarian Relief Grant Request for people coming from El Paso, TX on buses. I was at the Welcome Center/Shelter when the bus arrived this morning. It was beautifully run. I was very impressed with how each person was met with love and competence. I could see the collective relief for the migrants who have nothing with them.
The families today included young parents with a 26 day old baby born in Mexico along their route here. They had a few blankets in their arms, a baby bag, and a clothed baby wrapped in a blanket. They were wearing flip flops until they got some shoes at the center after they took showers and got some "new" clothes. The man and woman seamlessly transferred the newborn from each others' arms so they could wash, rest, and eat the food that was waiting for them. She didn't fuss at all when I held her and she slept as she was passed around.
Their family from New York is coming today to get them. While they are waiting, they were given a pleasant, clean room with freshly made beds for them to sleep. I believe I witnessed a miracle.
Tags: Lay Leadership