I met with some folks today at Southside Community Center after learning that there is not a shelter for men in San Marcos. Southside runs a shelter for families and a thrift store. They serve dinner each night to any and all who show up but don't have the facilities to house everyone, so the men have to head back out for the night. There's nowhere for them to go except the park bench and the overpass bridge. In short, there is a great need for something like Perry's Place in San Marcos.
After my meeting this afternoon, I realized what a huge thing we've stepped into. And how much we have to learn about before Perry's Place can be a success. God has really accelerated us in this thing, so we're going to grab tight and hang on for what's sure to be a wild ride.
One thing I've learned in this classroom called life is that the best training is had on the job. So, rather than be discouraged, I'm going to jump in head first by volunteering at Southside, attending their weekly church service called Railroad Ministry (Thursday nights), and getting to know people already in the "business." Stay tuned for updates as I progress on this learning curve.
For more information on Southside Community Center, visit their webpage.