The scope of the Nomads project changed dramatically as its 2nd week began. Two new tenants – a Day Care and a refugee family from Eritrea – would be shortly taking up residence in 2 different spaces at Faith, and we shifted gears to ready the spaces for them.
After spending a weekend away visiting Dave’s sister’s family in Bradenton, we had planned a leisurely drive back to Jacksonville. However, we were not far into the drive when we got word of more activity than usual back at Faith. A nearby high-rise, low-income apartment complex housing mostly seniors had to be evacuated due to a fire. Over 100 residents were on their way to Faith. The Nomads who had stayed on after the project were enlisted to set up cots in the gym. And once the residents began to arrive, they assisted in any way they could, from assisting with registrations, to taking blood pressures, to serving meals and giving comfort. Over the next 4 days, we helped see to the needs of these shelter residents, from serving meals to washing clothes and towels, to assisting with language interpretation – you name it.
Our departure from Faith happened less than an hour before the last residents left the shelter for their next accommodations. Instead of a leisurely drive north, we were on a schedule. First stop was Roanoke Rapids and a visit with Serenity, Alexis and their mom. Then to Bonnie and Troy’s for a Christmas visit.