a special message from the director of
Upper Room of Erie, a homeless shelter

Easter Spirit at the Upper Room

The telephone is a wonderful device for announcing surprises. Last Friday (Good Friday) I got a good one. On the line was Mary Pat Ringhand, an old chum from St. Patrick's Church, the place that first considered the idea of the Upper Room. She offered an interesting proposition; her family wanted to spend it's Easter celebration money on food for the Upper Room. Was I interested? You bet! In two hours she and the Ringhand crew were in the parking lot : matriarch Mary Pat, her daughter, and five great grandchildren . With some help from us, those children carried a mini van load of food up the two flights of stairs: lunch meat, bread, fruit, vegetables, cookies, chips, and jugs of punch. Tomorrow there wouild be a feast at the Upper Room.

Family gifts provide Easter Dinner And that's pretty much the way it has been these last seventeen years. So many people have been so generous to us as we have tried to make a difference in the lives of the poor and homeless that we serve. Without our having to ask, wonderful gifts appeared. And when we have asked, we've received the generous support needed to continue our work and even make modest improvements. But soon we will embark on a plan to expand our efforts in ways we are just starting to develop. Our need will grow with our vision.

As Andre' Horton prepares to assume the leadership of the Upper Room, I hope we will find even more support from the Erie Community. Tell your friends about us. Together we can do amazing things. I've seen it happen.

Tom Schlaudecker
April 1, 2013


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