Temple Sinai’s 2011 Shelter Week has come and gone, and during this period our temple housed and served up to 70 guests each night.
Toda Raba to those who helped make Shelter Week happen; our overnight hosts, Michael Bohan, Andrea and Ernie Beacham, Peter Crockin, Jack Dougherty, Charles and Laura Ludwig, Heather and Nate Mewhinney, Jim Schloss, Bob Thompson and Marti Wachtel.
A very special thanks to Laura Ludwig who served three overnights so that our women guests had an on-site female presence.
Thanks, too, to the churches and organizations that provided dinner each night. Further, on Christmas night, members of Temple Sinai prepared and served a festive dinner. Those who contributed money, clothes and toiletries (You know who you are!) are also very much appreciated.
Thanks also to the five Ludwig children (Travis, Harley, Toni Gwynne, Chuck Jr. and Lorelei) who gave out beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts to one and all. We thank the women of Centenary Methodist Church, who had spent most of the year knitting neck scarves for these homeless men and women.
For over 20 years Temple Sinai has participated with the Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless to host this special social action event. Unfortunately, the Shelter Week of 2011 will be our last one.
As we merge with another temple, as in any blended family, there will be changes and compromises. This is but one.
Marti Wachtel, Social Action Chair