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Reflections from the Reception Desk

April 18, 2022

Offered by Susan Ayers

I volunteer at the New London Homeless Hospitality Resource Center on 727 Bank Street in New London. I serve as a receptionist at the center and am able to give witness to those experiencing poverty – the poor walk through our door. I’ve looked into their eyes; heard their voices; and listened to their pleas.

One morning a young man walked in, clearly starving. He said he was homeless. Now, to ‘flesh this in’ this means you are exhausted due to lack of sleep, you are hungry because there is no way to prepare food, you are cold because there is no shelter; there is no way to bathe and wash your clothes, so you cannot dress for work, and without work you have no money. Read More

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