We’ve needed to make a few changes around Patchwork as the number of covid-19 cases in Evansville have increased dramatically. These changes include:
- Masks are required for everyone inside our buildings.
- Neighborhood Hospitality is taking place outdoors on our front lawn.
- Our Bike Shop is closed until further notice.
Even with these changes, we continue to be open Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-Noon. Our Food Pantry is open, our showers are available, Sozo Health Ministry folks are available, and people can come indoors one at a time to talk to our staff in order to connect with other services across the city.
We’re sorry to need to take a small step back in an effort to keep everyone safer. However, as Gail pointed out during Hospitality time on Tuesday, this isn’t new territory. It’s how we operated for most of a year, and we know how to make it work.
Even with these changes and limitations, there are plenty of opportunities to build a caring community together. Since moving back outdoors, we’ve had the usual good fellowship over coffee and snacks, including tall tales of wrestling bears onto a grill for supper. And, there was a morning when Bill and T, one of our morning regulars, traded back and forth on Patchwork’s piano to fill our building with music.
There was a morning that S, a three-year-old who is regularly part of our morning crew, spent time with Spencer using a cardboard box from the food pantry to make a house for a stuffed giraffe and penguin. The two animals are still tucked into bed under a table in our main room.
And there’s J, who came back from the dead—literally—to visit us. Last week he found out that he’d been declared dead by mistake, and he had no idea how he was going to fix the situation. He figured that of all the places in Evansville, the people at Patchwork would know what to do. And we were able to get him started on his legal resurrection.
So, in spite of it all, you’ll still find a community of folks gathered together at Patchwork to visit with, learn from, and support one another. Some things never change.