February 2018 Newsletter

Bundled up from the cold.

Dear Friend,

Last night, much-needed rain fell on Sacramento. Sadly, I spoke with many people who were awakened in the middle of the night cold and wet. They had gone to sleep under a tarp or inside a tent (if they were lucky) but woke up in pooling water. The winter rains make it a miserable and dangerous time for the men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Sacramento.

Some of our guests have been enduring the elements like this for years. It’s only because of your support that they are able to come to us each morning at Loaves & Fishes to receive survival services, including coffee, warmth, a shower, clean clothes, and food to eat at breakfast & lunch. Your donations make it possible to help each person and give them hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Some of our guests are very new to this situation. I met a woman not long ago, Rose, who spoke with me and shared her story.

She came to Loaves & Fishes only recently, having previously lived in an apartment. She was living on a fixed income and had plenty of financial resources to stay in her apartment, have food, and all that she needed. At the end of her most recent lease, her rent was increased by 20%, and she was not allowed to renew.

Even though she could still make all of her finances work, it was the policy of the landlord that tenants have three times the amount of rent as their total income. Her income fell just short of that amount. After pleading with the landlord to make an exception, she soon found herself without a home.

Hot meal on a cold morning

Rose now comes to Loaves & Fishes and receives our survival services, and connections to resources to help her find a path back to housing. Rose is hopeful that she will be able to get housing soon and thanked me for all of the assistance that Loaves & Fishes provides her each day.

We see more and more Sacramentans, like Rose, at Loaves & Fishes every day who are in need of your help - in need of food, water, shelter, counseling, and another chance at a brighter tomorrow. Your donations make an impact on the more than 1,000 people served each day.

As we help our guests through the winter season please make a donation to help us continue our services, providing meals, showers, clothing, legal assistance, education to homeless children, and connections to community resources with the goal of helping people survive each day, and one day moving from a situation of homelessness to a home.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for being a part of our community. Thank you for making a difference.

Gratefully and sincerely,

Noel Kammermann
Executive Director

P.S. We need your help to make sure people like Rose are never left out in the rain. Please consider making a donation at www.sacloaves.org/donate

   

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