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

A Dream Comes True

It's been a sort of pet peeve I've had during the life of the Upper Room that only one local government official (former County Executive Mark Divecchio) has ever been interested enough in who and what we are to come and visit. Last week that changed, as Pat Harkins, state representative from our area dropped in. It wasn't a spur of the moment impulse on his part. I had seen him a few days prior and had invited him. He said he would come...and he did! We had invited many Erie city and County officials a few years back to a special open house. No one showed. Pat didn't come bearing gifts of public money (WAMS) but with a sincere desire to understand what we do for Erie. He seemed to be favorably impressed.

While he was here he met one of our most treasured helpers, Jim Schreifer, who was doing some more woodworking for us. This time it was an enclosure for a large work table he had built earlier (in the background). Erie's generosity over the last few months had left us without secure storage space. Our storeroom was approaching gridlock.

Our thanks to both Representative Harkins and Jim Schriefer for their good will. And don't worry Rep. Harkins. We'll find something that you can help with.

Marquette Presents Check

Jim Schriefer,left and Pat Harkins,right.

P.S. A few days later, former state senator Jane Earll came to donate some clothing. Unfortunately we had stopped accepting clothing (really bad timing!), but she graciously took her gift to the MHA across the street. I hope she'll will come back soon for a closer look.

Tom Schlaudecker
Feb 10, 2014

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