May 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

A festive street fair atmosphere welcomed our guests for SactoMoFo’s annual free food truck lunch.

Loaves & Fishes has always responded to those in need. Our entire campus of services was built around, and still adheres to, the seven Corporal Works of Mercy: feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, comfort the sick, bury the dead, and give drink to the thirsty. These simple but powerful acts of service often go overlooked when thinking about the “big picture” of eliminating homelessness, but our guests need to get through today in order to reach that hopeful tomorrow when homelessness is behind them for good.

So long as our nearly one thousand daily guests need help just getting through the day, we will welcome them to our sixteen programs with open doors and open hearts. More than just the basic survival needs, we create an environment that helps meet our guests’ psychological needs of community and respect. A meal is somehow more nourishing if a smiling friend gives it to you instead of a stranger. A staff member or volunteer who knows our guests by name reminds our guests that they are never alone here. A surprise treat, like the free food truck event that SactoMoFo treated our guests to just a few days ago, can be the kind of morale boost that carries our guests through dark days of the soul.

Jason was a daily guest at Friendship Park – not just for breakfast and supplies, but for our supportive community. Though he had fallen on hard times, he could rely on us for a meal, a shower, clean clothes, and caring people to talk to. He ended up becoming our resident expert on services, benefits, and the safest places to rest as he waited for a shelter bed to become available.

Our weekly Town Hall meetings give guests a regular opportunity to voice opinions, needs, and concerns.

Luckily, a shelter bed did become available for Jason, as did interim housing. He came back to show us his shiny new keys when he found a home of his own, and the community that supported him in his time of need became the community that celebrated with him in his success. Jason still comes back to join in on our town hall meetings, talk to guests, and offer hope to those who need it. Our staff and volunteers often hear him telling our current guests, “If I can do it, you can, too!”

All of our programs and services are ready to help guests like Jason because of your generosity. We have never accepted government funding, and we rely on community support just as our guests rely on our community’s support. Please make a donation today, to help our guests – men, women, and children – 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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