As I celebrate the miracle of Christmas, that took place not in a lofty palace but in a quickly scrounged together barn, I can’t help but think of the men, women, and children in Sacramento who must also scramble to find safety each night.
Last month at our Mustard Seed school, we saw a significant increase in the number of children and families sleeping outside in cars, tents, or anywhere that afforded some safety.
Because of your support we were there to welcome these families into our safe and warm day shelter. We gave them warm showers, a hot meal, and a kind compassionate ear.
But, that wasn’t enough, so we spread the word, alerting the media and brought the heart wrenching stories straight to the County Board of Supervisors.
Within days additional resources were found and the County compassionately provided emergency shelter.
I cannot stress how important your support is in this achievement. You make it possible for us to be a voice for the most vulnerable members of our community. You allow us to challenge the status quo and not fear our funding will be cut.
But, the story doesn’t end here.
The very next week there were more families, more women, and more men at our doors seeking safety and refuge from the streets.
People like Suzi who routinely holds conversations with the voices in her head, people like Thomas a disabled U.S. Army Veteran, and Rachel who has tried to leave her abusive boyfriend numerous times but always comes back because he protects her on the street.
This is where you come in. You helped get those families off the streets, and you can help keep Loaves & Fishes an oasis of welcome, hospitality, and safety for all those still in need.
One day at a time, and one person at a time, we can change lives.
Please give today. Your donation allows us to care-for, protect, and encourage those who have no where else to go.
God bless and merry Christmas!
Sister Libby Fernandez Executive Director Loaves & Fishes
P.S. Your donation will be put to use right away helping the most vulnerable men, women, and children in our community.