He loved sports activities and was very ambitious when it came time to do his chores.I also recall him him helping us hook up the shelter video equipment and one Sunday morning he helped me fix a clogged drain in the kitchen. Marvin stayed with us for several weeks the first time and later came back to the shelter for another stay before spending some time in Marshalltown.I vividly remember Marvin sitting on his bed in his letter jacket, teary eyed, while I tried to assure him that things would be okay.As time went by, the staff at the shelter found Marvin to have lots of energy and talents, and soon became on of our favorites.Then, in Marvin’s typical self effacing manner, he told me that he didn’t want to hold me up and should probably get going.I told him that I was so glad that he’d stopped me, and watched him walk away with some sadness, thinking that I might not see him again.
He was a slender, sensitive boy who had a tendency to be hard on himself.
We heard he was doing well there and that was the last news I heard about him.
A couple of months ago, as I walking into a local Walmart, a tall muscular young man stopped me and said, “I’ll bet you don’t remember me, do you?
But there was also a good feeling, knowing that our shelter had helped a young boy during a tough time in his life and he remembered me.
A great feeling – we have earned the Austrian ECO LABEL, the EU ECO LABEL, and we belong to the group of eco-campsites.
The buildings are low-energy constructions, the roof of the sanitary building has been planted with vegetation, the use of energy is optimally controlled by a modern heating and ventilation system, and energy from the sun provides 450m² solar and 40 k W peak photovoltaics.