Distress rarely keeps a schedule. At SBRM, we never know when a desperate person will arrive and what their particular need might be. This is most evident during the night—when most of us are sleeping comfortably at home—where for the past year our Night Security Clerk, Tom Melody, has rarely worked an uneventful shift.
In addition to maintaining vigil over the entire facility so 175 people can sleep in safety, Tom has routinely been charged with responding to some of the most challenging circumstances: individuals finding themselves without shelter; law enforcement trying to get someone to safety; sick people in need of medical attention; scared people desiring security. We are so grateful for his faith, compassion, dependability and clear judgment in the midst of unexpected and severe needs.
This month, we celebrate how God has led Tom from being a guest in need of shelter, to being a volunteer assisting with our nightly services, to being the paid employee responsible for the facility, to being presented with a new “dream job” opportunity as the live-in caretaker at Rancho La Patera & Stow House.
Tom, we miss you already, but are so grateful for your dedicated service and excited for your new position. We trust this will involve many more uneventful evenings than you may have gotten used to around here.