Coffee Cup Insubordination @SalvationArmyUS Rome #Georgia

1 Corinthians 13:3-5

New Living Translation (NLT)

3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a]but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

On my way to the shelter last night, an ambulance wailed past me. As I approached the Salvation Army, I found the ambulance had been destined for the shelter. I could only assume that someone had attempted or committed suicide. It is most certainly not an uplifting experience to be housed in a militant style barracks at ones most desperate time in life. The rules that a homeless person must adhere to at the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Rome, Georgia are too many to count and far too abundant to remember. As it turned out, one of the newcomers had a seizure. I felt for him but I was also relieved.

There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee to warm your insides before heading out into freezing temperatures. Especially when one is homeless and in despair, it has a way of warming your spirits just a bit. We were denied this simple privilege this morning. A few gentlemen left their coffee cups on the table last night. They are required to reuse the same disposable cups each evening. They are not allowed to carry the cups into the dormitory or outside; thus, they must leave them on the table. As a result of their transgression, everyone had to pay the price. We were all chastised by being denied that simple pleasure of a cup of hot coffee.

One of the men told me that he never did like the Christian religion because it is one of the most brutal religions that ever was. They use fear and guilt to manipulate people.

I offered to buy them coffee at the hospital. Four men joined me at Floyd Medical center where I was pleased to discover a Starbucks and friendly faces. The hospital staff and security personnel were very friendly. We sat in the lobby, beside a huge Christmas tree, and soaked up the warmth. It turned out to be a wonderful morning after all.

Upon arriving at Honeymoon Bakery, I was once again surprised with a gift certificate. Erin and Dave, of Save Misty the Dolphin, found it in their hearts to impart this wonderful gift. It is most appreciated and has warmed my spirit beyond measure.

There is something desperately wrong with this world. With homelessness on the rise, we need better shelters. We need a refuge for those who are financially broke and spiritually broken. We need a place where lost souls are accepted unconditionally and are allowed to sigh in relief for being with compassionate people. We need an establishment wherein salvation of the spirit is priority over quasi-military implementation of petty regulations. We need a temporary home for those who have none because home is where the heart is and my heart is not with the Salvation Army.  The homeless of Rome, Georgia need a savior. They need someone to step up and say, “Enough is enough!”

It was twenty-six degrees this morning. We are required to leave the premises at 6:30 every morning despite rain or cold. Where is the “Salvation?” I would really like to know, for all I see is the “Army.” I sit here knowing that these very words could get me booted out of their boot camp, but I cannot hold my tongue because, as Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.”  I cannot betray these men by sitting idly by and watching their hearts spiral into more oppression than what their unique situations have already brought upon them. I will therefore do the only thing that I know to do with my limited resources. I beg of you to send paper coffee cups to the Salvation Army in Rome, Georgia. Send enough so that they do not have to save them for refills because it is quite obvious that the Salvation Army is in financial dire straights when it comes to coffee cups! Send them by the case! This way, we can have our coffee in the mornings before heading out into the cold at 6:30am – the daily deadline for compassion.

I have my own plastic reusable insulated coffee mug, as a few of us do. You could send a couple of those, as well. I am most certain that they will be appreciated.

Please send coffee cups of compassion to:

Salvation ARMY Homeless Shelter
317 East 1st Avenue
Rome, Georgia

And God bless you!

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Nothing is more personally gratifying than a completely selfless act.

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“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” ~ James D. Miles

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“Being motivated by compassion and love, respecting the rights of others – this is the real practice of religion. ~Dalai Lama