So many people have come and gone from our lives through this work. In some respects, it’s a transient population even if the stay in Santa Paula. They are at all ages. During the years of the winter Shelter at El Buen Pastor Methodist Church, the year we had a newborn and two families with three generations, there was a father named Carlos who had a little boy named William. He was five years old and needed love and discipline in great measure. One was easier to give than the other.
We saw them every day and encouraged Carlos to get William into some kind of daycare. First Five was the first attempt and it was a challenge. Carlos loved his little boy and didn’t want him out of his sight.
Carlos moved to Oxnard and we lost contact. I learned today that Carlos died of a seizure in his home and William has been put into foster care somewhere in the County. Please pray for that little boy. He had a rough start in life. I’m hoping any small thing that came his way because of the wonderful volunteers who were kind to both of them made a difference in those early years on the street with his dad. Foster care can be a wonderful thing for many children who come out of trouble homes. I pray this is true for William.
About 24,000 lbs of food was delivered to our community this week thanks to volunteers. That’s a lot of food. Bessie and Luis are our drivers and they are on the road four days a week. Lots of loading and unloading.
Our menu tomorrow is Stove Top Stuffing with chicken, raisins, and olives, celery and onion. You know I have to work with what I get…so Food Share had a stash of Stove Top Stuffing, so I’ll give El Pescador a break from providing rice and try this. I cooked up about 120 lbs of chicken tonight so there will be a generous amount for the dish. We will serve fresh buttered carrots from Garman’s Pub, three way salad (already made) butter and rolls.
We had two families in the motel this week waiting for services to kick in. Mom and dad about 18 years old with two children. The stories are hard and so are the solutions.