I think it’s finally safe to say that the winter is past. This was my first winter back in St. Louis in many years. It was my first winter as a pastor at NLEC working to shelter and case manage and house homeless people. And it was my first winter working with other other case workers to serve many chronically homeless men and women. I just have to say that I really treasure the new friendships I have with other downtown service providers. When I called and visited places like The Bridge, St. Patrick Center, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center beginning last summer I was warmly received. The Winter Outreach team made up of area case workers and volunteers does an amazing service every year and it was my pleasure to link their services and the Winter Patrol we do through NLEC. God has given St. Louis some amazing people who serve the homeless through these organizations. This was a harsh winter, and I’m so pleased that for the first time in a long while we had a strong network to get people out of the elements. I’m so grateful for the openness I’ve found in these new friendships. There was always an eagerness to help out in any way possible. I can’t think of even one instance where I was denied information, access, or service when trying to connect a client with help.