It has been an enjoyably temperate spring so far this year, but we’re already seeing the heat turn up a notch as we get ready for the Summer season here at Loaves & Fishes. The heat is brutal for our guests experiencing homelessness. Most of them have no transportation and walk where they need to go. City pavement is hard and hot. It’s tough on shoes, tough on feet, and tough on the men, women, and children we see on a daily basis.
When they get to Loaves & Fishes they find a cool and welcoming oasis.
Some come from campsites on the river, some sleep in back alley-ways or under a bush, and a few sleep in emergency shelters. Almost no one gets a good nights sleep. There are too many dangers, too many noises, and not nearly enough comfortable beds. When our guests get to Loaves & Fishes they find a safe place to rest, we even allow short naps.
While here our guests can rest easy knowing they are valued and appreciated. Because of your support we accept no government funds, this allows us to focus on serving our guests in the best way possible without having to work around government limitations or paperwork. Our mission is to serve our guests in the best way possible. Because of you, we’re able to do that.
Here at Loaves & Fishes, one of the ways we do that is through our hot lunch served seven days a week by amazing volunteers.
Throughout history life has revolved around mealtime. It’s the most basic of human needs; food. At Loaves & Fishes that meal is lunch. It generates a flowing pattern of people coming in the morning and going in the early afternoon. There is something sacred about mealtime, there always has been. In some ways It’s equalizing. The rich and the poor alike must satisfy their hunger. But it also brings out a stark contrast. Many, aren’t able to satisfy their hunger, because they can’t afford food or don’t even have a place to make a meal.
Your support makes it possible for us to feed over 170,000 meals every year! I have the honor of seeing the faces and getting to know the names of our guests on a daily basis.
Thank you for providing for each man, woman, and child that comes to us for help. You are truly a part of this community!
Sister Libby Fernandez Executive Director Loaves & Fishes
P.S. The weather wears on our guests heavily, your donation today helps provide this daily oasis that is Loaves & Fishes.