HOUSE NEWS: Prison reform, harvest-time, help needed, and two timely movies

Dear friends,

For this week’s schedule, please click here.

Highlights from this week:

Prison Reform Meeting in Gainesville –  Patrick Finn, friend of the GCW and prison reform advocate, will be co-chairing an organizational meeting for FL-CURE – Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants on May 24 from 11am – 1 pm. Click here for details and directions and here for more information about CURE.  Patrick gave a very interesting talk on prison reform at a roundtable last month, and we encourage those of you concerned about our current prison system to attend the meeting.

Gardening – We’re beginning to harvest cucumbers, beans, okra, tomatoes, and peppers. The first zinnias are starting to bloom and the sunflowers and corn stalks are waist high. We could use help watering, weeding, harvesting and staking.  Let us know when you’re available and we’ll put you to work!  A big thank you to the great group of international students in the ESL program at UF for helping this past weekend!

Blue House to Go – We’re putting to good use the bounty of vegetables we are receiving from the generous farmers at the Alachua County Farmers Market.  Kelli could use some help on Monday mornings between 9 and 11 transforming bread dough and fresh produce into “veggie pockets.” At around 11 we’ll begin distributing them to folks turned away from the St. Francis House soup line (due to recent complaints by several downtown business owners that SFH is serving lunch to too many people…).

Media – We don’t usually make movie recommendations, but we’ve seen two recently that we would like to recommend to you.  “The Soloist” is still showing at Royal Park this week and offers some good insight into issues of mental health and homelessness, as well as the limitations and possibilities inherent to being human.  And Sunday night we watched “The Ground Truth” – a documentary on the current Iraq war, its soldiers, and veterans told by those who’ve served.  It honors them to hear their stories – especially as we approach Memorial Day weekend. Rent the video, or you can watch it online here.

Again, please check out our weekly schedule here and join us if you can!


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