This week following Hurricane Irene’s arrival we have been checking in on our programs and clients here in Montgomery County and our friends and family up and down the East Coast. With the dramatic news coverage and tense anticipation building up to the storm, it was impossible to take for granted our own homes – sturdy and secure – that we retreated to as the rain began.
On Saturday, August 27th, Silver Spring Patch helped spread the news that Interfaith Works’ Community Vision program was opening it’s doors to anyone seeking emergency shelter from the storm.
With the doors opening at noon, Community Vision served lunch to almost 30 people, and by the time nightfall came that number had grown to 49 individuals who spent the night with a safe, dry place to lay their heads. After breakfast and lunch were served on Sunday, the rain and wind gave way to beautiful sunshine, and Community Vision closed it’s doors by 3 PM.
Another piece of sunshine reached Community Vision today – a talent show was held for clients and staff of the day center. A chance to sing, dance, smile, and shed their cares, it was a much needed morale boost for everyone after a stressful weekend. In the days that come, we are continuing to keep our neighbors in our thoughts as they wait for power to be fully restored and flood waters to recede.