“A family is a circle of friends that love you.”

Last Thursday, June 11, was Michael’s 80th birthday. Michael has been a resident of Earl’s Place since June 24th of last year.

Michael has a son who lives abroad and two granddaughters who he has not seen in quite some time. We, you and us, are his family.

Thursday night we celebrated his birthday with a special dinner, cake, and a drive- by of well wishes from Board members and others. He was overwhelmed with emotion and so were the rest of us.

A friend of mine who used to live in San Francisco told me this story. One day she was walking to her office to show off her newborn son. On her way, she passed skid row. As she looked at the face of the people on the street she thought about the mothers’ (and fathers’) who could not have imagined their child ending up there.

Thank you for caring for men who many overlook or ignore. Thank you for caring for men you may never meet. Thank you for providing a safe home where we can celebrate joys and concerns. A safe home where the men can be themselves, where they can grow into the people they were meant to be, and a place where they can prepare for life back in the community as positive, productive citizens.

As we look forward to Father’s Day, we celebrate those of you who are fathers and wish you a day filled with things you enjoy. We also celebrate the men of Earl’s Place, some of whom are fathers, and all are someone’s son. Thank you for being a part of our family.