Even though she lives in Missouri, Lynie Vinyard is a great friend to the Homeless in Seattle Facebook community. Not only has she flown to Seattle to meet her homeless friends in person, but she continues to stay in touch and available to them by phone for prayers, moral support and if needed, physical assistance. She is loved by them all.
As reported by Homeless in Seattle, when one of the people she’d helped saw her walk up to him in person, he said, “Li, Li, Lin…?” To which Lynie said, “Yes, it’s Lynie,” and he burst out, “From Missouri?!!” They chatted and laughed like they have known each other for years, then he said, “You fell from the sky into my world. I love you!”
I think Jo would enjoy getting to know Lynie if she showed up in the pages of a Street Stories novel someday.
In Lynie’s own words from her Facebook page:
“I have always longed to reach out and help the people around me. The many paths I’ve ventured down over the past 40 plus years to help others, I as well was to learn and understand this wonderful thing called life. Many of the roads taken led me down paths to others dealing with issues of struggling with grief, parenting issues, death, addiction, and a sense of loss in their everyday lives. Many times working with these beautiful individuals brought profound lessons and change into my own life and daily struggle, as I would feel every ounce of pain or joy of those I met or experienced a daily life with.”
“Lynie crosses the void of the social stigmas placed on the Homeless, Incarcerated and the Downtrodden, giving them the opportunity to communicate, heal and succeed in life. She provides them with lasting friendship and communication via phone calls, weekly letters and cross country trips in order to meet with people in person.” ~JV Dorsey~