It was a busy morning at PUM…and loud. Thanks to some road work being done right in front of our little house on Market Street but that didn’t keep our clients away or seem to dampen their spirits. I’m always impressed at how most of our clients manage to maintain sunny dispositions despite their difficult circumstances. There are always lots of smiles on the faces of our clients at PUM but the biggest smile award of the day would have to go to one of our last clients of the morning. Her name is Stacy and she was a new visitor to PUM. Stacy is not one of our typical clients; for one thing, she looks like she should be in a high school chemistry class on a Wednesday morning, not waiting on our doorstep for services. She was even wearing a sweatshirt from a local high school. When I asked her about the mascot on the front, she was more than eager to tell me about it and more. Just like a lot of our clients, what Stacy needed most was a compassionate ear to listen to her story and I was happy to oblige.
When it rains it pours at PUM and I don't just mean the cloudburst that drenched our little house on Market Street and all its front-yard inhabitants. As I've already mentioned, things happen in waves at PUM--there's California ID Friday and clothing Tuesday and food bag Wednesday. These aren't official designations, it just seems like on some days, everyone comes to PUM for the same service. Today client after client approached the front desk with a sad story about how all their belongings were gone.
In case you haven't heard it's volunteer season at PUM. Don't worry that doesn't mean we are out hunting for volunteers and are going to blow-up your inbox with guilt-laden pleas for help. In fact, volunteer season at PUM is the exact opposite because every summer our little house on Market Street is full-to-bursting with teams of volunteers, mostly high school youth groups, from every corner of the United States who come to San Diego to be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the urban poor at PUM.
Chelsea Asaro is a long-time San Diegan who resides in Scripps Ranch with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Chelsea is a steering committee member and volunteer at PUM. If you'd like to meet Chelsea, come by any Wednesday and you'll find her cheerfully manning the front desk at PUM.