Monthly Archives: December 2009
Last week was our final “active” week of the semester. This week we’ll be finishing up a few odds-and-ends and then taking a holiday break until
the beginning of January. We wanted to take this time to thank all of you for everything you have given to make this semester at the GCW a good one. We are always grateful for how many people seem to find something in this work that they can find joy in and to which they commit themselves.
We also want to invite you to consider supporting the work here at the GCW with a financial gift this holiday season if you are able. We have always undertaken this work based on the premise that it will resonate with many people and that if many of us give a little, then we will find we have what we need to continue to move forward. As you know, no one at the GCW is paid. We are not a social service agency and we do not receive grants or funds from the government. The folks who live at the GCW contribute to help make ends meet, and we rely on friends, family members and supporters to help us continue the work. If you have the means and can offer a gift this holiday, we hope you’ll do so. Checks can be sent to the GCW, 218 NW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. (One note: This is not a tax-deductible gift. We are not a registered non-profit organization and we try to model
sacrificial giving in our community. If you want to know more about our decision to not register as a non-profit, feel free to contact us.)
Lastly, it has been right around ten years since Kelli started the Breakfast Brigade and Dorothy’s Café, as well as close to 6 years since we purchased this house and expanded our work. We have decided that it is time to revisit the vision that has guided the GCW for these many years and to evaluate what the next steps for our community and our work will be. To that end, beginning in January, we will be entering into a period of discernment with several long-time and committed members of the extended GCW community. This discernment period will go through the spring semester and encompass reflection on what we have been and done and where we want to go from here. The vision that sustains a community like the GCW needs to be revisited and evaluated every so often to take into consideration what we have learned, in what direction we are being called, and how to get there. We will arrange our community life and schedule in such a way as to allow us adequate space and time to reflect deeply and seriously. We’ll share a little more about
this process with you when we restart in January and we hope you’ll help us in the process as the months go by next semester.
Thanks again for being part of the GCW. We hope you have a peaceful, joyful holiday.
Kelli and John
THANKS: A special thanks to everyone who answered our call for blankets, glasses and pots last week. We are set on both glasses and pots now. We can still use blankets, so feel free to bring blankets by anytime if you have extra.
LAST BREAKFAST BRIGADE OF THE SEMESTER: This Friday morning will be our last Breakfast Brigade of the semester. Last week we started a sign-up process for the Brigade to try to make it a more manageable, as well as enjoyable experience. If you want to sign up for this week’s Brigade, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Facebook. We’ll send a note out to folks no later than early Thursday to let you know if you’re on the schedule for this week.
DOROTHY’S CAFE: We’re still on for the Cafe this week and next, so join us if you can, especially between 10-12 or 12-2 when we’re a little shorthanded. December 16 will be the last Cafe of the semester. We’ll “officially” be taking a break for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 17 through the beginning of January.
HOUSE NEEDS: By the end of each semester, we typically find that we are starting to run out of a few necessities at the house. We need the following items:
- Drinking glasses for Dorothy’s Cafe. One of the differences at the GCW is that the folks who join us for meals get to eat off of real dishes, with tablecloths and cloth napkins, flowers on the table, and so on. Keeping up our supply of glasses is always difficult because we use so many of them and they break so easily.
- Blankets. Any blankets will do. We have already given out over a 100 blankets this year, and with the winter starting to come around, we anticipate more folks needing them.
- Dutch Oven-sized pots. We could use 1-2 Dutch Oven-sized pots. We had two when we started the semester, but one went missing and the other is no longer usable.
If you are in a position to help, please do. And if possible, please remember us in your holiday giving this year!
MASS AND THANKSGIVING: Join us at 6pm on Thursday for our first Thursday Mass with our chaplain, Fr. John Phillips. Following Mass, we’ll share a potluck dinner and be celebrating the end of another semester at the GCW. In particular, we’ll be thanking Kim and Lawrence for their time with us at the house and blessing them on their next steps. We hope you can join us!
NEW PROCEDURE FOR BREAKFAST BRIGADE: Starting this Friday, we’ll be doing Breakfast Brigade a little differently than we have in years past. We’re asking folks who want to do Breakfast Brigade to “sign up” for it ahead of time. We’ve been a little overwhelmed by the number of volunteers lately, and we want to make sure that everyone who would like to gets a chance to help with the Brigade, and that it is fully experienced by those participating. So we’ll be limiting the number of volunteers each week to about 6-8 folks. If you want to do Brigade this week or next (the last two Brigades before we take a break for the holidays), please email us back at email@example.com or put your name down on the list at the house which will be posted on the refrigerator.
Thanks again to everyone for all of your kindness and care as we do this work together.