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Archives for: May 2017 (6 posts)
Relying on the Kindness of Strangers
May 30, 2017 @ 6:51 PM by: Richard Steinecke

Oasis relies on the kindness of strangers. Week after week people we do not know help us. This became so evident last week. For years we knew we needed to replace our shelving in the food storage room. We asked the local carpenters’ union fo ... [read full post]

The TP Incentive Program
May 27, 2017 @ 6:06 AM by: Richard Steinecke

Humour can make almost any situation bearable. I tell lame jokes before most activities to lighten the mood. (“Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.”) It has gotten to the point that once, when I announced I had not brough ... [read full post]

Loss and Regret
May 23, 2017 @ 4:25 AM by: Richard Steinecke

If we are honest with ourselves, we all have regrets. A community member was carefully packing his food into his knapsack. I commented on his skill and attention. He told me that as a teenager he worked in a grocery store packing and carrying groc ... [read full post]

Another Set of Nail-Scarred Hands
May 14, 2017 @ 6:52 AM by: Richard Steinecke

“I am sleeping in the park and I thought today was Tuesday.” So our volunteer and community member explained why he was absent from helping unload the food trucks the day before. As we talked he invited me, in a humorous gesture of gen ... [read full post]

I am a Hypocrite
May 9, 2017 @ 4:49 AM by: Richard Steinecke

There is no getting around it. Most people are uncomfortable using a food bank. We do everything we can to welcome people and make their time at Oasis pleasant. We encourage community members to linger and socialize. We understand that life has de ... [read full post]

It's the Small Gestures that Count
May 2, 2017 @ 11:10 AM by: Richard Steinecke

It was such a beautiful spring day that I decided to walk to visit my mom. I was delighted to see a community member on his way to see the blossoms in High Park. I always feel closer to the community when I see them while walking in the neighbourh ... [read full post]

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