October 2017 Newsletter

One of our guests taking a moment of respite in the Dining Room.

The weather is starting to cool as we transition to the fall months, but it has taken a harsh toll on the men, women, and children who are forced to live out on the streets. The heat was incredibly difficult this summer, with people forced to endure record-high temperatures, trying to find a way to survive one day at a time.

I speak to the guests often. Guests who come to us for food, water, shelter, clean clothes, or sometimes just a kind word. They tell me about the harsh realities that they face while living out on the streets.

Sometimes, we don’t see certain guests for a while. In some cases, it’s because they are staying in a different part of town, and can’t make it over to us. In rare cases, we get amazing news from them that they have housing, and now no longer need our help each day. In the worst cases, we don’t hear from them at all, only to find out that they have passed away, homeless, on the streets. This is the saddest, harshest news to hear as a provider of services to people experiencing homelessness.

The community of people experiencing homelessness feels this difficult loss of life, every single time.

When we have losses like this, Loaves & Fishes holds a memorial service, and the names of those we’ve lost are added to our memorial wall. Just recently, I was told about the losses of John, Randy, and Michael, guests of Loaves & Fishes who have left this world.

This news is sobering to our community and focuses us on the need to end homelessness. Our memories of John, Randy, and Michael stay with us, reminding us how critical the work of Loaves & Fishes is.

Please make a donation to help us continue our services, providing meals, showers, clothing, legal assistance, and connections to community resources with the goal of helping people survive each day, and one day moving from a situation of homelessness to a home.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for being a part of our community. Thank you for making a difference.

Gratefully, and sincerely,

Noel Kammermann
Executive Director

P.S. Your support of the survival services at Loaves & Fishes saves lives each day. All donations go straight to helping our guests each day.


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