June 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Tony (human) and Buster (canine) say a fond “see you later” before they enjoy their breakfasts at Loaves & Fishes.

I’ve often written you about our guests, their struggles, and how alone and desperate they would feel without Loaves & Fishes. All sixteen of our programs have grown out of responding to our guests’ needs as they come to us, and has helped us develop genuine relationships with the men, women, and children who rely on us. Our staff and volunteers dedicate as much time to learning about our guests as they do to providing the simple survival resources that you or I often take for granted. In doing so we don’t just address the fundamental human needs of food and water, protection from the elements, and security amid the uncertainty of homelessness - we support our guests’ psychological needs to belong and matter. For many, these can be just enough to help them endure the daily hardships of experiencing homelessness.

Many of our guests have pets to meet that human need for companionship. These animals are friends, guards in the night, alarm clocks in the morning, and are often a reason for our guests keep trying for better circumstances. Our guests’ pets are also our guests, and we help keep them safe and comfortable at Anneke’s Haven, a daily kennel where we can offer our four-legged guests food, water, and a comfortable place to rest out of the elements.

Lisa, a regular guest with a dog named Truman, says Anneke’s Haven has been a critical resource over the years. Truman is an immense help for Lisa’s anxiety, and knowing that he is safe and comfortable while she showers at Maryhouse, eats lunch in the Dining Room, and accesses our other programs helps her focus on what she needs to get through the day. Lisa also got a leash, dog food, and free veterinary care at the Mercer Veterinary Clinic, which provides free spaying and neutering, shots, and other vet services to the pets of people experiencing homelessness.

Guests Lisa (human) and Truman (canine) are regular visitors at Anneke’s Haven.

“I don’t know if I would still be alive if it weren’t for all of the services here at Loaves & Fishes,” she told me recently. “I don’t have any living family members, and it’s good to know that people are looking out for me.” She may not think of anyone specific when she talks about the people looking out for her, but she is talking about you. Your generous support means that human and animal guests like Lisa and Truman know that food, safety, and people who care are ready to welcome them when they are in need. Everything we offer our guests is thanks to community supporters, and your continued donations help to make Sacramento cleaner, safer, and more hopeful.

Please donate today to help men, women, and children receive the critical survival services they need, and find their way from a situation of homelessness to a home of their own.

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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