The Greater Work of Many Meals – Week 418 – January 18, 2017

You’ve heard me say we are more than “many meals”. That has been seen in spades this past week. Two of our good Many Meals helpers have chosen to go into rehab programs.

Lest you think you don’t know someone struggling with an addiction of some kind, you do, and it’s all around us. We never know the impact we make by being faithful with the basics when someone is going to admit it’s their day to get clean and sober. We have to be ready too. Pastor Jim Dexheimer assisted in locating a bed for one and Ted Perez from Mental health helped with the other.

Ted came by the Drop-In Center in the nick of time to open the doors that needed to be opened. The case workers in that field are amazing. Dr. Jason Miller is one of our regular helpers at Many Meals, and he works at Behavioral Health often shepherding people to help at Many Meals who are lonely, fearful and in need of encouragement. One of them called me on the holiday to be sure it was okay for her to come on Wednesday. Ted Perez is a Clinician and is relentless in the search for services when someone is ready.

You heard the account last week of the jacket and the keys. The moral side of that simple story caught the attention of Colleen Cason, a feature writer for the Ventura Star. She recounted it in her own unique and wonderful style in Sunday’s edition. Click on the link below.

It’s Not About the Jacket – It’s About the Keys

The numbers at the Drop-In Center and the Saturday Showers Program are increasing. Our homeless folks need food, so they don’t have to panhandle or steal as much; they need socks and shoes so they are healthier. Now we need them to long for a clean and sober life more than they long for their drug of choice. God is at work with us, and I count on Him to do the heavy lifting. We can’t do it for them but someone has to be there when they are ready.

Howard Stephen, once homeless himself, has stepped up as the host of the Welcome Center serving breakfast to about 12-20 each morning. He never dreamed he would one day serve instead of be served in such a meaningful way. Thank you Howard.

The Homeless Count is next Tuesday. If anyone would like to assist and learn, let me know.

Tomorrow’s menu is a popular one and that is beef hot dogs in buns, sliced fresh melon, rice from El Pescador, hot buttered carrots from Garman’s Pub, cole slaw with raisins and some chips.  (Note I said “beef” hot dogs. They were rescued from a grocery store while still fresh—and they are Kosher.

Thank you Food Share and our various grocery stores who share instead of toss.

If you haven’t witness this project, join us at 4:00 to help, or 5:00 to visit.

The Many Meals Story – Santa Paula CA

SPIRIT of Santa Paula

Kay Wilson-Bolton, Director


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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