Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Guests of Hotel Louisville Comment Online

Date of review: Mar 25, 2011 - New

I have stayed in hundreds of hotels all over the US and around the world, but I have never - I mean NEVER - left one before so filled with enthusiasm for what they are doing there and for my experience. I intend to urge all my friends to take advantage of this amazing place if they travel anywhere close to Louisville.

First, the hotel is based on compassion for homeless people. Many of the rooms are used by women with children, of whom I met at least 15-20, all of them friendly, clean, courteous, and obviously grateful for the love they have found here. Second, that love is reflected to the paying customer continually - in the quality of the rooms, the friendliness of the staff, the beauty of the grand piano music being played by a volunteer in the lobby, the delicious coffee and continental breakfast served in the dining room, and much more. Having grown used to the professional courtesy of standard hotels run for profit, I had not realized what a difference it could make when a customer is also treated like a member of one's family, with warmth and love as well as commercial courtesy.

I love the place!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Youth Group Experiences an Education at Wayside

Dear Linda,
I was so excited to meet you last week end. You are amazing. I hope you get to hear that a lot. I learned a lot while I was there. Last year I got a new perspective on the mission there and their purpose. I learned that homeless doesn't always mean bum, it also means down on your luck. I learned that well meaning people can be homeless as well. I learned that Wayside Christian Mission is not just a shelter from the weather and a place for free loaders to come for food. I love that it is for not only feeding but teaching to fish as well. I have a whole new outlook for this program.

This year I learned a lot about relationships from you and Ms P. I learned that loving yourself is the first step to loving others. I learned that when you respect yourself others will respect you. You don't have to be loud to be heard. I could sit and listen to you two speak for hours.

My girls really enjoyed it as well and got a lot out of it. We talked about our experience all the way home and the next day too.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pennsylvania homeless man returns cash to owner

John Kavanaugh, a homeless man in West Chester, Pennsylvania, stepped on an envelope on the ground last week, causing a pile of $50 and $100 bills to spill out. According to an NBC Philadelphia report, Kavanaugh immediately turned the $1,440 in to the local police. When asked why he didn’t use the money to help his own situation, Kavanaugh said, "If it was somebody's rent money, you know, they could use it." The cash belonged to Robert Stauffer, an attorney who was planning to use the money to record some mortgages. Stauffer planned to meet with Kavanaugh to offer a reward. In addition, the attorney plans to give a donation to any shelter Kavanaugh goes to, “so he gets a little special treatment."