Yesterday we lost our friend Don Carlos. On Easter, he stepped out of this world and into the light of heaven. Our hearts are broken, along with the hearts of so many. Don Carlos was beloved by our family, our staff, our volunteers, and our clients.
His passing leaves an empty chair and a silence. Every morning he would arrive at our center to read the newspaper and drink a cup of coffee. We welcomed him to spend the day with us every day. Jon would spend time playing checkers with him, Ericka would fix his coffee, Edwin would joke with him, and everyone on our staff loved him like we would a beloved older uncle. His booming voice would call to Jon through the office, and he would rap on the door with his cane. Every volunteer that served at our center knew Don Carlos. It’s strange now to not see him in the morning light, drinking his coffee, and sharing his thoughts on the news.
We are humbled and grateful that God called us to love Don Carlos in his last days on this earth. He was a special and important part of our little community. We can’t take care of him anymore, but he shared with us his faith in God and so now we trust him into God’s caring hands.
Thank Don Carlos for blessing us, for touching the hearts of so many volunteers, and for reminding us about love and service to others. We will miss you so very much.