Bikes!

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Patchwork held our monthly bike distribution event last week. During the four weeks prior, Pete and Paul had been refurbishing bikes in order to have a good selection available. Additionally, they were doing quick repairs for people whose existing bikes needed work. The morning of the distribution event was rainy, so we held off until […]

The Bike Shop

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“You been riding your bike lately? It’s been nice outside. Riding bike is my therapy, man,” said one of our friends this week as a group sat in Patchwork’s front courtyard, drinking coffee and chatting. There’s a lot that riding a bike can do. It can bring freedom and peace of mind. It can provide […]

A New Year

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It’s a new year, and Patchwork Central’s programming is back in operation. Our food pantry, health ministry, and hospitality programs re-opened on Monday, January 4 after our short break. Immediately, we were busy chatting with everyone about their holidays, serving up a lot of hot coffee, taking some blood pressures, assembling many food orders, serving […]

Advent 2020

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This pandemic has proven how fragile our connections can be. Tiny, invisible particles of proteins and nucleic acids have radically up-ended our entire way of life. Talking across a table, hugging, going to a favorite spot with friends, singing together, even seeing the lower half of another person’s face—all of it seems like an echo-memory […]

Happy Birthday, Patchwork!

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In October, Patchwork Central turned 43! This is something to celebrate, especially in the middle of a pandemic and with so much uncertainty in the world. We plan to be here for many years to come, participating in our neighborhood and listening for ways that our skills and interests can be of assistance to our […]

The Random Helpers

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“Patchwork Central is one of the random helpers,” a case worker told me as he stopped by last winter to find out if we happened to have an extra-large coat for his homeless client. Coats, kitty litter, slippers, cremation urns, wheelchairs, antacid pills, laptop power cables. If someone is looking for any of this, it’s […]