Running The Rosary
(And Helping The Homeless)
by Skippy Guinness
Of course my name isn't Skippy Guinness, but I love peanut butter and beer. They represent everything that is easy, enjoyable, and at the same time unhealthy. This little booklet is about another paradox: things that are difficult, unenjoyable, yet healthy. This is a story about and exercise and prayer.
For the past 15 years I have been commuting from my home in New Jersey to my job in Manhattan. Every working day I walk among people sleeping on sidewalks, holding signs, shaking cups, asking for money. After all of this time I still do not know the correct response.
Sr. Mary Alice Hannon does. She is the Executive Director of Part of the Solution, or POTS, in The Bronx. POTS runs a community dining room that is as unique as its name. Volunteers serve 400 people a day, but this is no soup line or cafeteria. The quiet dining room holds only 22 guests. They sit at small tables with attractive centerpieces and they are served healthy meals by a friendly wait staff. More than serving meals, POTS restores dignity.
This project is a prayer, my way of becoming part of the solution even though I cannot find time to volunteer. You too can become part of the solution by spreading the word and donating at the end of story. Sr. Mary Alice gets everything: the copyright, royalties, movie & stage rights, even my fake name.
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