It's Holy week, the week leading up to Easter. The weather continues to be cold and snowy which in the floor care business translates to a slow week. So I opted to take the van out for some pro-bono work for several local area churches. I know that donations at many churches have been down in the last few years and figured carpet cleaning might be one of the things that has been put on the back burner. I called several smaller church in Traverse City and offered to clean their entry ways for free. The response was great and I suddenly had a full day ahead of me. After cleaning the carpet at the church of the Nazarene the secretary was so thankful that she gave me a big hug. Second, I stopped at Grace Episcopal church in downtown Traverse City. Like the church of the Nazarene, Grace Episcopal does a lot to serve the poor and downtrodden in Traverse, including offering community meals and hosting the Safe Harbor overnight ministry to the homeless during the winter months. These might not have been paying jobs but giving back to those that serve our city has a certain satisfaction that money can't match. Next up was a stop at Bayview Wesleyan church. Their foyer was tile so I had a chance to bring out my spinner and wash away the winter's salt and grime. The last church I visited was the Journey, a Wesleyan church on South Airport Rd. Pastor Chris helped move the furniture in the foyer and again the spinner came through in cleaning the tile foyer floor. After these four jobs I was ready to head home and prepare dinner for the family. A satisfying day's work that might not fill the bank account but certainly filled my soul.
Carpet Cleaning might not be rocket science, but there is a method to the madness.