In Memoriam: Teig Hogan & Tom Dukes

In Memoriam: Teig Hogan & Tom Dukes

The OCP Blog In Memoriam: Teig Hogan & Tom Dukes Our community lost two beautiful souls this week. Teig Hogan and Thomas Dukes were community members, volunteers, and friends. “Dukes” was a faithful volunteer who could always be found in the kitchen preparing our...
Crap Happens: Some Thoughts on Suffering and Resilience

Crap Happens: Some Thoughts on Suffering and Resilience

The OCP Blog Crap Happens: Some Thoughts on Suffering and Resilience My firstborn son, Ethan, would have turned 9-years-old on August 31st. He was diagnosed with a fatal birth defect at his 20-week prenatal check-up, and being assured that he was not in pain, Dayna...

Myths About Homelessness

The OCP Blog Myths About Homelessness In August I presented on myths about homelessness for a large turnout at the Mayor’s 2nd Forum on Homelessness. Flanked by Shannon Porter from Mercy House and John Whitfield from Blue Ridge Legal Services, we presented and then...
The Story of a Muscovy Duck and a Rooster

The Story of a Muscovy Duck and a Rooster

The OCP Blog The Story of a Muscovy Duck and a Rooster For over two decades now, Our Community Place has been able to create an atmosphere of joy and acceptance and a sense of belonging to beings most of the community overlooks. People just walk on by them, either not...
The Blessings of Service

The Blessings of Service

The OCP Blog The Blessings of Service Annie has been working with a long-time community member. We’ll call him Abe. In recent months we all noticed Abe was getting slower and thinner, even falling asleep at the table at OCP.  Abe was getting so bad he just couldn’t...