August 2013 Newsletter

Dear friend of Loaves & Fishes,

The first thing you notice when you walk inside our Maryhouse day shelter for women and children is that it’s cool inside; a very welcome refuge from the sweltering heat. Inside is a stairway to the left and some chairs on the right. The stairway takes you to the Living Room, where only women are allowed and basic toiletries and hygiene items are handed out. The chairs on the right are usually occupied by a guest or two waiting for lunch or their turn in the shower.

If you’re new, one of the staff at the counter straight ahead will welcome you and beckon you over to the counter with a warm smile and a friendly hello. Our staff and volunteers make sure that every woman who comes through our doors receives a thorough orientation where we explain the services we offer and ask lots of questions about the woman and her situation so that we can better help her and her family receive the help they need.

Sadly, we see far too many women, mothers, and single mothers in desperate need. Some of these women are escaping abusive relationships and have had to flee at a moments notice leaving everything behind, some are chronically homeless and suffer severe mental illness, some are single mothers struggling to find work and adequate child care, all are in desperate need of kindness, safety, and encouragement.

When you don’t have enough you will do desperate things to survive. We were shocked and saddened when we first learned that, in order to make what little they have last, some mothers will only change their babies diaper once a day or dilute their baby formula with extra water. It is a hard thought to entertain, but the diaper rash and malnutrition are as real as ever.

One of our younger guests enjoying the air conditioning at Maryhouse

We must not equate a lack of resources with a lack of love. The mothers that come to us have profound dedication and love for their children and will go to great lengths to provide food, warmth, and kindness. Just the act of humbling oneself and coming to Loaves & Fishes to ask for help is a pure act of love and great courage. We make sure to honor that love and courage by welcoming everyone who comes to us in a spirit of dignity and respect.

Diapers and formula may be expensive but they are also an absolute necessity. That’s why any mother who comes to us in need receives diapers and formula, but even for us it’s a struggle to have enough. We buy in bulk, we network with food banks, and we ask you our treasured supporters to help.

Will you consider donating a package of diapers? Or better yet, will you commit to organizing a diaper drive with your church, congregation, or local club? Of course you can always donate online and we’ll do the shopping for you.

Your support is what makes the difference in the lives of the most vulnerable men, women, and children of our community. Thank you for you generosity and care.

Peace & Love,
Loaves & Fishes

P.S. You can also donate online and we’ll do the shopping for you.

Diapers & Formula may be delivered to
1351 North C Street, Sacramento
Monday-Friday 7:00am to 3:00pm


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Sacramento, CA 95811

PO Box 13495
Sacramento, CA 95813

Phone: 916-446-0874
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