Guests came by around noon, with their bus on their way to CO Springs and eventually to San Francisco. Ellis met Jess & Thomas Jessop in a parking lot while running errands and invited them over to Pueblo House. I wasn’t able to visit long since I had arranged to meet with Glen Burke & Elena at 12:30 but it was great to meet Thomas and his dad Jess and hear about their travels over the past few years helping find safe places for the half-homeless folks most living out of their cars. I did see some of this during my travels as well. It’s sad, that some States have the police giving out fines for someone who doesn’t have a place to go and is sleeping in their car. We definitely have a problem in this country and it’s good to see people fighting back for those who’s voice doesn’t often get heard. (Janet)
We got our rose bushes fenced off and bark put down yesterday. Ellis, Joe & John cleaned out the basement and stacked all the wood we’d brought in for the winter. I had a huge amount of paper to shuffle, organize and bookkeeping to get through, while making phone calls in between to organize trades & meetings. The guys brought wood and supplies to the stone house so we’re ready to start. Joe got the pallets up to block the wind for our green house area. Ellis made a really nice area for Kayla at the stone house so she could shed her chain and have a little freedom
We attended the El Centro meeting Thursday night, then the Eastside Neighborhood Association meeting last night and finally the Eastside Task Force this morning at 8:30 am. I have a suggestion….how about one big meeting? So much duplication and way too many meetings! How about just one GSD working group? After that meeting today I decided to stop at the Big R (lumber, feedstock) and met the manager Helm Kraus who donated 400 sq ft of sod to do our whole front yard @ Pueblo House.
Then a visit to East High and Risley School to let them know what we’re doing and recruit some students for CO Workforce (3rd & Court St.) who will pay students from 17 – 21yrs to intern, supply bus fare and even new clothes if needed for the job. That meeting is Tuesday April 22nd @ 4:15 on the 4th floor (behind the CO Lottery building). Then it was off to get a letter to the managers of Lowe’s and Home Depot so they know what we’re doing and see about donations. After which, I visited Glen Burke (one of our director’s) who is doing remarkably well after having a stroke the end of Jan. He’s now back driving around town. There’s no keeping that man down. He even joined us for the ENA meeting last night.
Everyone is excited about music & art coming to the neighborhood. We’ve had offers of volunteers and people who said they would come by to see what we needed. Thanks to everyone who helped, is helping and those who will be helping. (JW)
Today everyone worked really hard cleaning out the Li’l stone house (music & art center) and the yard, so we could have our open house indoors if the weather doesn’t cooperate tomorrow. First we heard rain, then snow… so we decided to be prepared just in case. While we managed to pick the one day of inclement weather, we’re still able to have art for the kids and we’re having some awesome artists perform music inside the house. Today we swept, moved, cleaned, sorted, piled and hung drapery…..then sat back admiring how great our little gem is looking, even with its sad walls.
We’ll just have the acoustic guitars and singers this time. We’ve decided to have the full band concert in May when we can set up a proper outdoor stage with that incredible sound system Rick brings. The good news is that the house is big and has tons of room. Continue reading