We’re broadcasting from this place today . We went there earlier and it is somewhere full of hope and misery all at the same time.
The “ hope” part is the excellence of the volunteers and the generosity of local donors to keep the place going. The team was business-like but friendly, the kitchen spotlessly clean but homely.
The “misery” bit is the fact that the impressive Josh from the centre estimates that he’s serving 40 per cent more “customers” year on year.
This is here in Fort Myers in ”sunny” Florida.
In local Lee County the latest census estimates there are 3 thousand homeless people.
Last night it was pretty cold and many of them “come down from the woods ” (in the words of one of the volunteers) for a sink shower and something warm in their bellies.