Our Base Camp for the next week is SafeHouse. We’re staying in a building that offers prayer servies and a warm meal to hundreds of homeless individuals every night. Everyone here is so nice. Ken has been around sharing stories of his life as a formerly homeless man as he helps us all around the building.
After a long day of travels, nothing’s better than a delicious dinner. We will be cooking some of our own meals while here. Even though we’re keeping the dishes simple, it’s much different preparing on such a large scale. For example, Rebecca had a little trouble figuring out the proper amount of salt to add to our broccoli. She added a bit too much.
After enjoying our first meal together, April’s friend Shira welcomed us to Atlanta. Shira is a local Reconstructionist cantor that gave us a great perspective on Atlanta, especially with regards to some of the social constraints placed on those who live in poverty. I was shocked to hear that Atlanta made laws to surpress the lower class. This was followed by a round of ice breakers, of course, topped off by Ben’s comedy routine, complete with a Kermit voice.
We’re settling into our bedrooms and reading the writing on the wall from former visitors (both volunteers and homeless people who were give a place to stay). Time for bed after an exhilarating first day.