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Cancer-free and Back in the Saddle

As some of you know, I was diagnosed with cancer in November 2017.  My 10-month battle has affected my work at the shelter.  Normally, when a donation comes in, I promptly send a thank you card.  Because I have been … Continue reading

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Bums at Breakfast

Guest post by E.S. Kraay Author of The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas Growing up in the Berkshire Hills in the 1950’s, I had direct experience with hobos and bums.  Only a 200-yard field overgrown with weeds separated our … Continue reading

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Mandatory Reading

Carl always reminds us to spare our judgments upon those whose choices have led them to homelessness.  As I read pastor Mark Schloneger’s gut-wrenching article “Let Me Stand” in the Summer issue of Plough Magazine, I was reminded once more … Continue reading

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Home

Home by Warsan Shire (British-Somali poet) contributed by Chuck Dunn no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well.

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Things Are Looking Up

Carl Zawatski Third Order of Friars Minor

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Prayer of Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is … Continue reading

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St. Francis Shelter Stages Weekend Reunion Project

One individual stands uniquely apart from all the people who have come to Carl Zawatski’s aid as he continues his battle with cancer.  When help was desperately needed an unlikely angel appeared in the form of Jay Cunanan, a young … Continue reading

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Highway from Heaven

Two months ago, I was eating a hot dog – probably one of the softest meats (if it really is meat) known to humankind.  The hot dog is the staple of many a homeless person.  I could not finish it.  … Continue reading

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A Journey of Faith

As we reported last week, St. Francis Shelter Director Carl Zawatski is undergoing cancer treatment. Despite the challenge he faces, he offered an update for the website. In his email, he writes, “I was extremely sick from the initial treatment … Continue reading

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A Word About Carl’s Challenge…

This is a short post to alert you to the fact that St. Francis Homeless Shelter Director Carl Zawatski is engaged in a physical challenge and currently under-going cancer treatment. Under the circumstances, he may not be as readily available … Continue reading

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