Letter to the editor: Matthew’s advice is good

To the editor:

As we enter the holiday season, many of us engage in self-reflection about what it all means. I’m not a fan of lights, trees, Santas or “Black sale” days but do find some meaning in joining those choosing to give rather than take.

Over these holidays, many in our community lack the resources to engage in the season, let alone purchase gifts. They are barely able to sustain their current living conditions and survive day to day. Many are homeless and will spend their nights at the Winter Emergency Shelter (WES) in the Community Building.

As a young man, I read someone named Matthew who said to me: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” I have been inspired by those words.

This will be the third year my wife and I have volunteered at the WES and are concerned about the lack of shift coverage. It is especially disappointing that the faith community has failed to come forward in support of our least brothers.

Last Tuesday, we participated in the WES orientation, which included a 30-page handbook incorporating evidence based on two years of winter shelter experience. City staff Mitch Young and Cicely Thornton solicited volunteer feedback and are very supportive of our great team.

Helping our most vulnerable neighbors is not dangerous but can be very rewarding. Please consider volunteering and urging your faith community to consider Matthew’s advice.

Steve Lopes,



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