Dear Friend of Loaves & Fishes,
Each day I say a silent prayer of thanks for your support. Because of you I see our guests being welcomed with open arms and provided much needed food, shelter, and help.
As I walk down North C Street and welcome our guests I can’t help but notice the warm sunshine. It has appeared to be Spring for so long. I pray for rain to help ease the serious drought condition, yet I rejoice in the glorious weather and the signs of new life and growth and I think Resurrection.
Then my thoughts go to the meanings of the recent holy days we have celebrated in many of our spiritual traditions and which many of us are about to celebrate, and then I think of the thousands of people who are homeless. And I think of homeless people in our community who have died in 2015. But, then I think of resurrection.
I met a man outside the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop recently. He was selling a Newspaper. I thought, of course that it was our local paper Homeward, produced by Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC). So I mentioned to him that I had a copy. He asked, the paper from San Francisco? He was selling, right here in Sacramento, a paper called “Street Sheet” published by The Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco. His name was Brian. And, he pointed out that he was featured in this edition as a Vendor.
Of course, I purchased the paper and as I did so, he noticed my vest which had the Loaves & Fishes logo on it. Oh, he exclaimed! Loaves & Fishes! I showered there. I ate there. I loved those showers. I would not be where I am today if it had not been for Loaves & Fishes. I had never been homeless before, and I had no idea where to go or what to do, and then I found Loaves & Fishes. I thought it was a miracle that I found you. I had to go to San Francisco to get work but it was Loaves & Fishes that kept me going and gave me courage.
This encounter gave me pause for reflection, gratitude and joy. Joy in the resurrection of each human spirit which can rise from the death of the homeless condition to new life in finding food, shelter and work. Gratitude to be a part of the mission of Loaves & Fishes.
“In an environment of welcome, hospitality, safety and cleanliness we seek to provide an oasis for homeless men, women and children seeking survival services.”
Thank you donors, volunteers, staff, and supporters for helping us to fulfill our mission daily.
God Bless you always.
Sister Libby Fernandez Executive Director Loaves & Fishes
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