Our family volunteered at the Catholic Worker “Storefront” on Lorain Ave. in Cleveland today. It was a Saturday morning breakfast for the poor and homeless of the area. The Catholic Worker charism is one of hospitality to the poor. Some 50, both ‘down and out’ folks, as well as good number of “working poor,” came. My wife Liz cooked, our Sarah, 9, served up the sausage at the counter, and Joseph, 7, went from table to table bringing milk, fruit… There were 10 volunteers in all. I talked with “Angelo” who said while he had a job in the factory district, he still couldn’t make rent and was currently staying at a nearby homeless shelter. Paul, one of the Catholic Worker volunteers who has been helping here the past 11 years, said the people who come for the meal are a quite diverse mix between those with drug and alcohol problems, to those who might be considered “modern hobos,” to those with mental disorders… Paul also said he’s seeing an increasing number of families with children. And he said he finds that quite disturbing in the scheme of how more of society is spiralling down.