This will be short tonight because we are hosting the Emergency Shelter tonight.
There is a new man in town from Florida. His name is Michael. He is tall and very thin and won’t talk to us. I saw him tonight on the curb by Von’s and invited him to the Emergency Shelter. He declined and wouldn’t look at me. I parked the car at the Shelter behind the community center and walked over with my umbrella. I asked what it would take for him to spend the night in a warm place with us. He replied he had not earned enough money for the day. I said, “If I give you $10 will come with me?” He said he would.
He is resting on a cot with a large warm blanket after eating two large roast beef sandwiches, a plate of pinto beans, potato chips and cupcakes. (Thank you Thomas Aquinas College for the roast beef.) I wonder what he was thinking.
Yvonne was escorted to the Shelter tonight by a very nice young man named Al who works at SPARC Animal Rescue. He noticed that she appeared alone and sad. Her story is that she was in the hospital with the flue and had to surrender her dog while she was gone. Fortunately, they saved him for her and she retrieved him today. They are both at the Shelter. She is chatting away about her story and her life. We will work on her homelessness tomorrow.
Thank you to the City of Santa Paula for your quick response this morning. Councilmember Jenny Crosswhite called around 7 am to see what was planned. I told her we needed her help. She and City Manager put a plan in place thanks to the support of the City Council and our wonderful City employees. Police Officers will be checking in on us tonight just to be sure of maximum safety for all. Thank you Commander Scott Varner and Chief McLean.
Today the Supervisor’s voted to initiate dialogue with all the cities to plan for a year-round shelter. Not every homeless person is an addict. Many are lost in their souls and have no one to rescue them. That’s why we are here working in partnership with local volunteers and the entire Ventura County Health Care Agency serving the least powerful and most vulnerable people in our midst.
It’s going to be a long night, but a good one.
Many Meals will be on tomorrow. We will set hot ham and cheese sandwiches, potato chips salad with tomatoes, and buttered carrots. We will not cook lots of food but be ready for those who depend on us to be there. For some it is the best meal of the week.
So to my cooks, it will be an easy day and if you can come, thank you. A few of us are in the back-up plan so call me if you want to talk about the plan. 805.3340.5025.
Our Goal: End Homelessness in Santa Paula
Kay Wilson-Bolton is the volunteer director of SPIRIT of Santa Paula. She can be reached at 805.340.5025.
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.”