The Emergency Shelter and This Rain – Week 423 on February 23, 2017

It was a busy interim from last week’s Many Meals. On Friday, the City decided to play it safe for our homeless population and open an emergency shelter for two  nights. Red Cross donated 25 cots and several of us mobilized to get food, blankets, dry clothes and supplies into the Cultural Arts Building at the Community Center.  Great helpers were Pastor Adelle Garza, Lynn Dowling, Howard Stephen, Councilmember Martin Hernandez and his wife, Holly.

The Police Officers Association provided dinner one night and the Fire Department Association provided breakfast on Saturday.

Three of us spent the night keeping vigil while many of them slept soundly from 6 pm to 7 am. There is nothing like safe sleep for those who sleep with one eye open on the street.  Police Chief McLean and his wife came to visit us on Saturday night. Officers checked in every few hours. We waved them on to more pressing needs.

The Lions Club held their annual free eye glasses event at the Church of Christ down the street. Most of our people made it over there. Katina is a woman who has been on the street for many years. She proudly showed her glasses not realizing she even needed them. Her parting comment on Sunday morning was, “I see so good, I can see the future.”

That comment gave me pause. I wish she could see it as well as I do. She has three children who don’t really know her. I thought of Jesus speaking of how the road to destruction is wide but the good way is narrow and few find it.  Katina is on a path too many people travel. I won’t give up hope she finds the narrow way.

One new person who found us is Jason Moses. He is homeless and works the night shift at a local business. He didn’t come in until 11 pm after work. He was so happy to find us that he worked his way into a local church on Sunday and offered to help at Many Meals tomorrow.  Don’t know his story but he is one polite and helpful man.

The lay sisters from St. Barbara Monastery continue to be a big support and help. Jill is looking into grants and fundraising opportunities to keep us in business.

Our menu tomorrow will be ham, veggie and cheese pasta, cooked carrots from Garman’s Pub, Romaine lettuce salad, rolls, butter and orange slices. My cooks are so amazing.

Have a good, safe sleep everyone.

 

 

 

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. As a result of my work with the homeless population in my community, I received the Good Neighbor Award 2017 from the National Association of Realtors and named as a Champion of Homes in 2015 by the California Association of Realtors. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and a cat named Tony Diane at home.

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