It was a Wednesday at Haywood Street at the Welcome Table– where we always have our flowing HOLY CHAOS going on. I was in the flow too, being a Companion (volunteer) serving food at my upstairs table of 7. After the second seating, I decided to sit and listen to who ever was still eating at my table. We had shared names earlier at the table which seems to make it easier for people to get talking. This gentleman, who I’ll call Dave, told me the most amazing story on how Dianne (one of Haywood Street’s Companions) got him a job on the spot that day with Vinnie’s Restaurant who was our host restaurant that Wednesday. Dianne, being a greeter at the door, asked this friend, (a recipient of our bounty of food), “WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?” His response was, “A JOB!” Dianne put him and a Vinnie’s employee, or perhaps it was the owner, together in the kitchen dish room area to talk. Dave got the job on the spot and was able to start the next day! As he was telling me the story, he kept pointing to Dianne in such a loving, grateful way. He looked and sounded so happy, knowing that someone cared about him. He felt the love. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about that day of connection and what a loving, helpful, gentle spirit Dianne is.
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