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Peace House Community–A Place to Belong: Canadian Humor (which I spell “Humour”)

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong: Canadian Humor (which I spell “Humour”)

By MARTI MALTBY I decided that this month I wouldn’t mention Coronavirus (it didn’t take long for me to fail on that count, did it?) because it has dominated so much of the news that I wanted to give you a break from thinking about it. I hadn’t fully grasped how pervasive Covid has become until I tried to come up with a topic for this [...]

Peace House Community “Poetical Picture Story”

“A Little United Nations” By MIKE HAZARD “As the person who has been at Peace House Community the longest (34 years), my heart is breaking,” emails Catherine Mamer. “Never did I think it would come to this, but I realized it was the only choice we had.” Peace House Community has had to close the doors for now to keep everyone at [...]

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

Remembering We’re (Sort Of) All in This Together That’s Catherine Mamer, dressed as a witch, at a Peace House Halloween party; whose poetic words Mike Hazard highlights within “Poetical Picture Story” on page 5. “I love that it is a little United Nations ..so many people…so much difference…together….if Peace House Community did [...]

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

We’ll Get Through It Together By MARTI MALTBY PHOTO MIKE HAZARD I recently attended an all-day seminar put on by a couple of colleagues from North Dakota. Their organization, Ministry on the Margins, has a similar mission to Peace House Community, although their activities are more diverse than ours. Among other things, they provide [...]

Sing After Every Storm

Sing After Every Storm

By MIKE HAZARD PHOTO MIKE HAZARD Ellie and Jamaih posed in the sun outside the back door at Peace House. Ellie wrote a poetical reflection on life the day she got sober. It hangs on the poetry wall inside. A few lines go: “Be like the winds: Sing after every storm. Change is scary, especially to those who watch us change while [...]

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong “Relatives are in Danger!”…Native Community responds with speed and determination

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong “Relatives are in Danger!”…Native Community responds with speed and determination

By MARTI MALTBY After over 20 years of working with social services agencies that serve the homeless, I have seen many different responses to ending homelessness. Some have been more successful than others, while some have benefitted from having good salespeople promoting them as the next big thing. Recently, I have been encouraged by the work [...]

He Has His Own Mind

He Has His Own Mind

By MIKE HAZARD and MARTI MALTBY “As you can see, I’m part Irish American, part African American, and part Native American,” said Vernon. I asked what nation. “My brother says Cherokee.” He thumbed through his cellphone texts looking for a picture of his Irish American great grandfather, Henry O’Killian. He never found it. We [...]

The person in there

The person in there

Peace House Community – A Place to Belong By MARTI MALTBY This December I got to lead the annual Homeless Memorial March, an event that honors those who died in the past year who were either homeless or formerly homeless. It was the fifth time in seven years that I led the March, an honor I received because I carry Luna, a huge [...]

Celebrating Peace House people

Celebrating  Peace House people

By Mike Hazard MIKE HAZARD James, Tony, and Janette (left to right) focused on a haircut Tony kept saying, “Don’t be afraid.” Don’t be afraid Janette, a retired psychologist who counseled couples (and who’s losing her hearing and was always letting couples know they were not hearing each other), was giving Tony a haircut at [...]

Peace House Community Journal – Where is your living room?

Peace House Community Journal – Where is your living room?

By MARTI MALTBY When Sister Rose founded Peace House Community, it quickly became known as “the living room on Franklin Avenue”. Sister Rose wanted anyone who walked through the door to feel like they were going to a friend’s house where there was acceptance without invasive questions. People could share what they wanted or not share as [...]