For the months of April, May, and June the friary has been running smooth thanks to God’s help. There has been the occasional guest asked to leave but there have been many success stories. One success story is Ryan, he came to the friary with a dependency (i.e. alcohol, drugs, gambling…). Most of our guests have a dependency and while at the friary they struggle to lose this. They know they must not be using while at the friary or they risk losing their bed.
Now back to Ryan, I was walking through my neighborhood which God alone has allowed me to live in. It’s in an affluent area in Clarence. As I was walked my grandchildren to a park a person working on a house waved to me and I waved back. After playing at the park we returned passing the house. This time the fellow came out and greeted me. It was Ryan, He was installing hardwood floors in the house. He told me, he is still struggling but with God’s help, he is making it each day. He has faith, he has an apartment, he has a car, he has a job, but the greatest of these is his faith. This faith will carry him as it should carry us through the difficult times. On parting, he told me God is good and my reply as all of ours should be is “ALL THE TIME”. I thank God he has allowed me to see Ryan to affirm my faith and I hope this short letter affirms your faith that God is helping through his works at the friary.
Your donations the past months have helped men and women who are much less fortunate. Without our volunteer staff and donations from others, these souls would have been on the streets. Volunteers are greatly needed and donations are essential for the Friary to stay open.
The homeless guests of the friary are as follows:
For the month of March, we had a surprise plumbing bill which really humbled us. The main sewer pipe from the friary to the street was plugged or crushed. The plumbers were called and after approximately 14 hours they once again had the water running. Think of it, you have 29 guests at your house and no water! You must ask them to go elsewhere if they need to use water! The dishes piled up, the laundry was halted, no showers, no water use through that evening and night! Yes, this started in the afternoon. So the next morning the volunteers were doing dishes and laundry for what seemed an unending task! We were humbled but we also were allowed to serve those in much greater need than us.
We continue to make the most of each donation through optimizing our phone, TV and cable plans. We have moved off cable TV and phone service and are now down to a minimum internet service. Our female engineer still wishes to optimize this solution further! She currently has reduced the monthly bill from a business service phone, TV, and internet costing $200/Mo down to a $50/mo bill. She wants to achieve a $15/Mo plan in the hopes of making each donation count.
For March your donations have helped 47 men and 18 women who were much less fortunate. Without our volunteer staff and donations by others, these 65 souls would have been on the streets in March. Volunteers are greatly needed and donations are essential for the Friary to stay open.
This appears to be a repeat of last month! The end of the month brought us a foot of snow in Buffalo I’m warm, the 29 Guests currently staying at Little Portion Friary (LPF) are also warm thanks to your donations, volunteers staffing LPF and guests being tentative to their plan.
We continue to make the most of each donation through optimizing our phone, TV and cable plans. We moved off cable TV last month and are using a free space antenna and TV both donated by our benefactors, who we continue to pray for. This month we started the migration from a cable phone service to a Voice over IP system. The device and supporting equipment was donated and to show God’s immense grace the engineer who donated the device provided her services to configure and install this device.
For the month of February, your donations have helped 47 men and 22 women who were much less fortunate. Without our volunteer staff and donations by others, these 69 souls would have been on the streets in February. Volunteers are greatly needed and donations are essential for us to stay open.
As I write this article there is snow falling outside and I’m in a warm house. There are many not as fortunate as I. For the month of January your donations have helped 40 men and 25 women who were much less fortunate. Without our volunteer staff and donations by others, these 65 souls would have been on the streets in January. Volunteers and donations are essential for us to stay open.
We’ve transitioned off cable TV! Through numerous generous donations from our benefactors of:
- 2 High Definition TV’s each with an HD receiver
- 2 good quality antennas and all supporting “glue” required make the system operational.
The transition away from cable was a bumpy ride. Initially, we had the old CRT TVs on the men’s and women’s side each requiring converter boxes (donated thank you Lord). One converter initially used on the women’s side, failed after a short time. A benefactor stepped forward and donated an HD TV for the women’s side and we were up and running again. We were ready to insert the second donated converter box on the men’s side for their CRT TV when a second benefactor stepped forward and donated an HD TV! God’s grace is amazing and never outdone as we have seen numerous tune at the little portion friary. We pray for our benefactors that God ‘s grace be poured out upon them.
I work the evening shifts and remind the guests as they turn on the TV to pray for those who have donated. Finally being off cable TV reduces our operational costs hence makes your donations more effective.
“City Comptroller Schroeder singles out Little Portion Friary for praise after making inspection tour of 11 facilities that give assistance to the homeless” Buffalo News, March 6, 2016