December 2018 Newsletter

The line for our breakfast program stretches around Friendship Park and out of the front gates.

Dear Friend,

The coldest nights are here whether we’re ready for them or not. This morning a frost covered everything, including every one of our guests who had to sleep on the ground. Even on warmer nights they often find themselves chilled to the bone, shivering, trying desperately to keep themselves warm. Each morning our guests wait for Friendship Park to open with numb fingers and toes. Inside the Park our friendly program staff await them, ready to welcome each person and guide them to a hot mug of coffee, enclosed and heated gazebos, clean and well-stocked restrooms, and a nourishing breakfast sponsored by one of our many volunteer groups.

The only thing worse than seeing how cold and vulnerable our guests are on the streets is knowing how much more crowded those streets are becoming. The number of men, women, and children who are forced to live outside climbed in 2018, and our programs are feeling the strain. Our Dining Room served an extra forty meals a day – a ten percent increase from the year before. Maryhouse is serving more single women and families than ever before. Mustard Seed School scrambles to make its student capacity meet the overwhelming need. Friendship Park, which connects our guests to so many different survival services, is busier than ever.

Even in the face of these challenges, we continue to see miracles. Sara had been a guest at Maryhouse for over a year, sleeping in her car not far from our campus until one of our community partners helped Sara find housing. Sara is now a part-time student at a local community college and is taking steps to re-enter the workforce. She still returns to Maryhouse weekly to bond with guests over breakfast and Friday karaoke, because, as she says, “you are my family.”

Simple comforts like a hot cup of coffee or a warm place to rest make a profound difference in our guests’ lives.

Your support is needed more than ever to help our guests get the support and hope that we were able to offer Sara. Loaves & Fishes does not receive government money, and your donations are critical as more and more men, women, and children turn to us because they have nowhere else to turn to.

Please help us provide life-sustaining food, showers, clothing, education, diapers, formulas, hygiene products, mental health counseling, and legal assistance to everyone who comes to us in need. We cannot help our guests overcome the experience of homelessness without you.

Thank you so much for your support, and for making such a profound difference in our community. Happy New Year!

Gratefully and sincerely,

Noel Kammermann
Executive Director

   

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