“Aren’t you afraid of the dark,” a street person asked Don and Sue Miller in Harlem after hearing that they were from the countryside of Ohio. The Millers don’t fear the dark in the country nor the darkness in New York City. They even bring others to the city to work with NYCR.
Don and Sue take teams for short-term outreaches to places like Haiti, China and New York City. When they came to help in New York back in 1993, they joined NYCR for a day. “We just really fell in love with NYCR and wanted to come back,” Sue said. This summer they were here for the 15th time.
As Don and Sue watch people wandering aimlessly on the streets, they feel compassion seeing so many lonely people. “They need to know that they are special, that there is someone they can trust. The bus is an opportunity to show that there is someone you can turn to,” Don said. “We also want to come alongside the staff and encourage them in the day-to-day work,” Don emphasized. Yes, Don and Sue, “fresh troops” do bring fresh enthusiasm to the NYCR team.
Written in 2000.