Derek, 20 and on the streets for the past eighteen months trying to get by, admits he started coming for the free food initially. “What’s your favorite food, Derek?” His wide smile betrays his extreme gratefulness and he replies, “Whatever they have!” Derek looks ahead to college in the Fall and stays for the hour-long services because he knows he’s loved and accepted. He’s promised to buy me a steak in five years if he doesn’t have his degree by then. He looked me in the eye and made a promise to me. I’m hoping instead to buy him a congratulatory steak and fresh lobster in 2016. Nothing would make me happier.

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