Cheryl Harvey was chipper as can be during Christmas dinner. It didn’t seem to disappoint her that she’d hoped to bring cherry pie and whipped cream, but all she could afford in the end was a jar of kosher dill pickles.Those dills were snappy and delicious all day long, and Harvey loved watching her friends munch them, as appetizers, as they got ready to feast.Harvey is from Portland, but these days she and her husband are living on the floor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Orchards. St. Andrew is one of two local Lutheran churches that offer up their floors for homeless folks who can’t find a bed at any of the permanent homeless shelters in the area. The other one is St. Paul, in downtown Vancouver. St. Andrew has 50 bed spaces that are intended for women and families; St. Paul has 24 beds for single men.Normally, the Winter Hospitality Overflow program requires overnight guests to rise at 6:45 a.m. and hit the road by 8 a.m. But on Christmas Day, St. Andrew’s doors were open to the homeless all day long.Oddly enough, not a lot of folks hung around for the day. There were only about a dozen enjoying Christmas dinner when The Columbian stopped by at 4:30 p.m.
Hospitality for homeless overflows on holiday
Last Updated on: September 16th, 2019 at 2:00 am, by