While our goal is to end homeless in Santa Paula, you’ve heard me say many times that Many Meals is much more than a weekly hot meal for some our most vulnerable and least powerful people. It has been about connecting with people who are hungry, facing hardships and are homeless. We believe if we continue to do this work, we will help people through hard times and eliminate homelessness from our community.
We just found an angel who had four bicycles repaired. We have gifted them to certain people with the written agreement the bicycle will not be sold.
We found an angel who has agreed to cover the cost to hire a fundraising organization to help us secure reliable funding for our programs.
Another angel has offered to donate small parcels of land in the Cuyama Valley for us to sell and use for our services.
On particular unintended gift to our community has been the involvement of so many of our youth in this work of serving, loving, caring and respecting people from the most generally neglected and despised segment of any population. Each week, 20 to 30 students join us to prepare and serve food and clean our kitchen. They don’t have to come and only a handful are doing it for community service credits from school programs.
Recently, a parent shared with me the writing of her young teen after her experience at Many Meals. It was to complete a school assignment.
“My task for this week was to take a fork and spoon and wrap it in a napkin, handing it to the guests as they come by for their meal. It told them my family and I would pray for them and that God is with them.
My service showed God’s love in action in many ways. First, I showed the homeless that there weren’t alone and I cared about them. Second, while I was serving them, I told them about God a little and said that He loved them no matter what they did.
Third, I did what I think God would want me to do by helping the homeless improve instead of criticizing, making fun of them or just staring at them. I don’t think God wants us to just pity the homeless, but to see that they need help and then actually help them.”
That is enough for tonight. Like I said, Wednesday is more than Many Meals.
Tomorrow’s meal is lots of ham and cheese casserole, romaine lettuce salad with tomatoes, rolls, and orange slices.
Kay Wilson-Bolton is the volunteer director of SPIRIT of Santa Paula. She can be reached at 805.340.5025.
Our Goal: End Homelessness in Santa Paula
website is http://www.spiritofsantapaula.org.
Address is 113 North Mill Street, Santa Paula CA 93060.
Mailing address is: P.O. Box 728, Santa Paula CA 93061-0728
“Serving the least Powerful and Most Vulnerable People in our Community.”