The Shelter officially opened a week ago, and about a month earlier than usual. So, the tent is only 3/4th full. They expect all the beds to be taken by the end of this weekend.
First, I and my things were searched, then I was taken into the building where I filled out a lot of paperwork – about 20 minutes worth. Then I was issued a new blanket and two new sheets and a new pillow – the bunks and mattresses are all new too. This tent is run very similarly to the Alpha Project Tent that I stayed in last year, but the folks working at the Vet Tent are much more professional, things run smoother. There are a lot fewer hassles. Oh and the shower facilities are much better too – shower stalls are cleaner, larger, have more water pressure and actual hot water.
As soon as I could, I climbed up into my rack (I have a top bunk, bottom bunks are all taken), and as I laid there I could feel myself relax and become quiet, and I began to become aware of all the aches and pains I’d been carrying with me these several months while sleeping on the streets.
Now that I have some free time, I am going for walks, sans backpack and cart, and am working out the kinks. Learning to walk upright again. The pains are going away and I’m feeling healthier
Dinner provided at the shelter last night was spaghetti, breakfast this morning was scrabbled eggs with cheese and spinach mixed in.