The 2011-2012 To Our House (TOH) season got under way after months of preparation and gathering volunteers. Each new week began with cots and boxes of supplies being transported to the next site, volunteers setting up the cots, putting sheets, handcrafted quilts made by the Blacksburg Quilt Guild and pillows on them.
Throughout each week, there were dozens of volunteers preparing and serving meals, staying overnight, washing towels and washcloths, making last-minute runs to the grocery store.
Each night brought transportation, meals, hot showers (when available), card games, movies and conversations. The men talked about life, frustrations about finding jobs and about family members they are not in touch with anymore.
Some talked about their childhood and being rejected. As the week went on, there were more conversations about life, about family who’ve disowned them, what it is like to be homeless, wanting to fit in, growing up in foster care, being in jail, being in a psychiatric hospital -read the full newsletter