One Man's Story
At St. Peter’s Church one Sunday, John, who is homeless, had first one and then a second seizure during the service. His fellow parishioners came to his aid. and saw that his feet were partially amputated. and more acutely smell the odor emanating from them. Someone who knew John explained that his toes had been amputated due to frostbite the prior winter. It also seemed that it may have been months since he’d taken a shower or washed his clothes.
A few weeks later, a volunteer from the soup kitchen said that John was again hospitalized, his legs amputated. Sores from his feet had not been properly cleaned or cared for and spread the infection. It was too late to save his legs.
Had the Corner Shower and Laundry existed, John could have accessed clean socks, soap, water and care for his wounds. John’s story propelled members of the congregation and Manna Community Meal to build the Corner Shower and Laundry.
Eugenia Bajorek, Manna Meal Volunteer for more than 30 years
After twenty years of collecting and distributing clothes to the people who rely on Manna Soup Kitchen for food and some shelter, seeing their struggles, witnessing their limitations, hearing their words of sincere appreciation, 'thank you' and 'god bless'; I want them to have the opportunity to use a bathroom, take a shower and put on clean clothes, before they face another day that offers them few comforts and less choices.