News from the Streets of Santa Paula – Week 493 for Many Meals on July 11, 2018 – “Am I Mentally Ill?”


This Week’s Many Meals Menu: Southwestern Pasta, Cooked Carrots from Garmans Pub, Cole Slaw with Craisins, Chips and Orange Slices. Anyone is welcome

June Food Pantry: 6,000 lbs; June USDA: 6,000 lbs; June Food Rescue: 9,120 lbs

Word of Wisdom – The only thing more exhausting than having a mental illness is pretending you don’t.”

It was a setback this week for a homeless senior to see the documentation provided by her doctor supporting her eligibility for permanent supportive housing. He has to certify her physical disability and added her mental challenges as well.

The last thing anyone wants to hear is that they are mentally ill, especially when they believe they are not. She wanted to cry and asked me if I thought it was true. The only way I could honestly answer her question was to admit that, in some way, all of us suffer from some mental instability.

When you think about it, we all have some fear of man, nurse grudges, look for the bad instead of the good all around us, and we are apt to criticize more than praise. I’m working on my own illnesses all the time.

The 2020 Census Is Here

Sacramento State Downtown

School of Public Affairs is Hosting a Convening Session for the Upcoming Census: There is a special area of the census for those who are hard to count.

There is a convening meeting tomorrow at the Ventura County Community Foundation starting at 12:30.

I’ve been asked to be on the panel and my question is: “Tell us a story of a time when you encountered a barrier while engaging a hard to count (HTC) Community. What strategy did you use to achieve success?”

They want a 3-minute answer to that one. Ha.


The cities of Ventura and Oxnard account for over 65% of Ventura County’s homeless population. 1,299 persons were surveyed in the annual homeless count, an increase of over 12% in the total county population. Most concerning was the finding of a 23% increase in the number of unsheltered persons. Both cities have limited year-round emergency shelter programs. The City of Ventura has 22 beds for single adults. The City of Oxnard has 35 beds for men and 61 beds for women and children.

Ventura County is looking for an experienced operator.

My name is Elizabeth. Can you help us?

That’s how the call begins. This is a typical picture of a woman who called me this week. She is staying at a local hotel and out of money. She was paying rent to a person who failed to make the rent payment to the landlord.

She has diabetes and needs regular dialysis treatments. She has no transportation, food stamp money has been used and she needs help.

Where to start? It begins with calling Homeless Services at 805.385.1800. Calling 211 will also provide various services. SPIRIT of Santa Paula has a little money if they have a place to rent as do some of the local churches. We can help with food, of course, and bus passes.

It always go back to shelter — emergency, temporary, supportive, transitional — all kinds. The needs of impoverished families are great. The burden is great when options are few.

When the Dog Bites.

A sad day for a person who has a dog and is homeless is when the dog has bitten someone for the third time. Some dogs do better than others on the street. This one doesn’t do well.

This past week, the dog lunged at one of our Drop In Center guests and levied a severe bite, drawing a fair amount of blood and requiring stitches. We had to file a police report because the owner has been warned numerous time about this dog’s potential behavior. Animal Control Officer Donovan quarantined the dog. It remains to be seen what is next.

This last week’s heat was brutal for street people. They want to be under shade and where it is cool — just like we do. There are few places for them.

There are numerous dogs among our homeless population. Most of the dogs are with people who travel solo. We know of no dogs staying at the river or the tracks.

After a recent sweep, no one is at the tracks, but they are at Steckel Park and the KOA Campground, far from town and services. We are looking for rides to the One Stop on Friday.

SPIRIT OF SANTA PAULA IS A 501-C3 Non-Profit Corp. EIN – 27-0005506

The Goal is to End Homelessness in Santa Paula.

Richard’s Drop In Center Address is 113 N. Mill Street, Santa Paula CA 93060

Open 9 am to 3 pm – Weekdays

Many Meals Address: 121 Davis Street, Santa Paula served

every Wednesday 5 to 6 pm. Dining and Take-out – Food Pantry

One Stop Every Friday from 9 to Noon – Showers, Breakfast, Lunch, Health Care and Services

Mailing Address: Post Office Box 728, Santa Paula CA 93061-0728

Emergency Food Boxes by Appt. Call 805.340.5025

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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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