September 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Guest parents can relax knowing that their children are well cared for at our Mustard Seed School.

This time of year marks the back to school rush – children rush to school to connect with friends and learn the fundamentals for a successful adulthood, while parents rush to stores for new school supplies and clothes to start the year off well. This is not the case for the homeless families who have to base their decisions around what they need to survive. In these desperate circumstances a new backpack, binder, or school clothes for their child is almost certainly out of reach; some of our guest families can’t spare gas money to take their children to school.

Our community has twice as many families experiencing homelessness than it did two years ago, and our survival support programs are needed more than ever. Our programs at Loaves & Fishes offer our guests the essentials that they need to get through the day. Rather than worrying about where their next meal will come from, or if they can afford to take their children to school, our guest families can enjoy hearty breakfasts and lunches at Maryhouse, rest knowing that their children are safe and cared for at Mustard Seed School, and focus on what they need to put homelessness behind them for good.

A pair of overwhelmed parents, Jennifer and Anthony, came to our campus last week with their young son. Jennifer told me about the tough choices that they face every night and morning, and how hard it was to focus on anything but the crisis at hand. “It’s hard because we’re not sure where we can park our car at night and sleep, and be safe,” she said, wavering between frustration and sadness. “Anthony has to make it to work, and I have to take my son with me, but we both need the car during the day.”

 Our guests know that they don’t need to worry about getting healthy, hearty meals while they are on our campus.

Despite her daily challenges Jennifer is driven to keep moving forward, and find a way off of the streets with her family. This is why Loaves & Fishes exists: to help our guests get through the day, so they can find the hopeful tomorrow that Jennifer dreams about. For at least a short time Jennifer and Anthony could focus on more than just the needs in front of them. This is the daily relief we provide to nearly one thousand men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Sacramento.

You can be a source of daily mercy and relief for our guests right now. Donate today to help families like Jennifer and Anthony’s through programs like Maryhouse, Mustard Seed, and our 14 others that provide critical survival services to men, women, and children experiencing homeless. Warm showers, clean clothes, nutritious food, emergency schooling, and many other survival services are ready for our guests right here on the Loaves & Fishes campus, but are not possible without your help. Please give our guests the hope and help they so desperately need by making a donation – even better, please sign up to make an automatic donation each month.

Thank you for your support, and for making such a profound difference in the lives of others in need.

Gratefully and sincerely,

Noel Kammermann
Executive Director

   

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