Dear friend of Loaves & Fishes,
This Thanksgiving, thanks to your support, we will serve a filling and festive Thanksgiving meal to over 1,000 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty.
But it wasn’t always this way. Before a compassionate group of volunteers started serving hot meals to the hungry, over 31 years ago, there was no place to go. Still, on a daily basis, our homeless guests have no where else to go where they can be welcomed without judgement, received with compassion, and have their most basic of needs met on a daily basis.
I recently received a letter from Mary who came to us for help. She was extremely distraught and suicidal. I am so thankful that your support allowed us to be present for her. Here is a part of her letter:
“...Within a few days I will be moving into my own apartment in Sacramento. Out of my car for the first time in a year and a half.
“I couldn’t have done it without Loaves & Fishes, and most especially Maryhouse. Not only the food and showers, which allow homeless women to continue to feel like part of humanity despite being homeless, but also the incredible women who work here, dealing with such a varied, and often difficult, clientele with seemingly endless compassion and thorough professionalism....
“While I can’t honestly say I will miss coming to Maryhouse, I will always be grateful for everything they have done for me, and thankful that they will continue to help so many women and children who so need the help.” -Mary
I believe that everyone should have a safe and non-judgmental place they can go to find emotional support and receive basic services such as a hot meal, warm showers, and clean restrooms.
I believe that you too are committed to making sure that everyone receives the dignity and respect they deserve as a part of Gods creation.
As our national day of Thanksgiving approaches and our thoughts begin to turn towards family, friends, and all our blessings I ask that you would take a moment this year to say a special prayer for our homeless guests and consider making a donation so that we can continue to be here for the most vulnerable men, women, and children in our community.
Sister Libby Fernandez Executive Director
P.S. Your support saved Mary’s life. Please consider making a special donation this Thanksgiving and help save the life of the next Mary. Please click here to donate today.