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Rest In Peace Michael Graves

Michael Graves was in the “Program” at the Eureka Rescue Mission, but he got drunk Monday night. So, the Mission would not let him sleep there, and he was out in the cold- drunk. He wasn’t belligerent, he had been allowed to sleep off a drunk at the Mission before, but not the other night in the freezing weather.

We heard about his death from someone else who is houseless. Our dates may be off, meaning it may have happened Monday night or Tuesday night. But, what we heard is that he died trying to get through the night in the field across from Has Beans.

I understand not wanting a disruptive person staying at a shelter, but someone who has been drinking needs to EAT. The Mission breathalyzes before dinner (which can only be eaten if you’re present for the sermon). A person who has been drinking needs to SLEEP SOMEWHERE WARM. Otherwise, s/he, who’s body temperature has dropped from alcohol, will not feel the cold, and not wake up or do things to get warmer. [Then again, even if someone is freezing and they know it- where should they go in the middle of the night?] So, the Mission’s policy is not only COUNTER-INTUITIVE, but also involves a lot of judgment- NOT a Christlike quality.
Can we all learn something now? or do something new? soon? Please?

These are personal words from an admirer of Michael’s for the past couple of years.

Michael was very compassionate towards other people. He cared a great deal about how other people felt. He always tried to say and do the right things so that people would feel good about themselves. He was a light. No matter who he came in contact with, you could see that light inside him- and now that light has been snuffed out. he’ll be sorely missed. We can all remember Michael Graves of one of many who die on the streets. All the talent, all the ideas and dreams and hopes gone.

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