March 2019 Newsletter

 Friendship Park’s welcoming gates await our guests on a cold morning - and every morning.

Dear Friend,

Our guests make their way to our North C Street campus each morning after sleeping outside on the hard ground. They often have to protect themselves from a cold snap or a rainstorm – sometimes they have to suffer both at once. No matter what the night before brought to our guests, Friendship Park is ready to welcome them in the morning and help them with their many burdens and barriers.

Our new Friendship Park location just celebrated its second anniversary, and is the center of survival services and hospitality on our campus. Our guests can start with a hot cup of coffee and breakfast as they arrive, and can get a ticket for a hearty lunch. From there our staff and volunteers connect guests with a number of available services and resources – the Wash House for a shower and clean change of clothes, Guest Advocates for help with community resources, Genesis for mental health counseling, on-site external programs to help our guests with benefits or housing assistance, or the Library for a quiet place to read and recollect.

Janice, a guest of ours, comes to our campus on most days for food, clean clothes, showers and hygiene kits, and supportive guidance as she hopes to one day move into her own apartment.

 Winter siding and heaters in our Friendship Park gazebos give our guests a break from the chilly weather.

She recently told me about how important Loaves & Fishes is to her, showering praise on both Friendship Park and our daytime drop-in hospitality program for women and families, Maryhouse. “I don’t know what I would do without Maryhouse, or Friendship Park,” she said. “[The staff] care about me and are here for me.“

Maryhouse and Friendship Park are just two of our sixteen survival support programs available for Janice and others like her – in fact, nearly one thousand people rely on our programs and services each day.

Your support is crucial to bring it all together. Our guests can start the day in overwhelming crisis and leave with a feeling of hope because they received the help they so desperately needed – and were able to do so thanks to you! By donating to Loaves & Fishes you can help us provide meals, showers and clean clothing, essential survival supplies, legal assistance, mental health counseling, education for homeless children, support for homeless pets, connections to community resources, and more. Please help us meet our guests’ day to day needs, so that one day soon they can move out of homelessness for good.

Thank you for your support, and for making such a profound difference in our community and our guests’ lives.

Gratefully and sincerely,

Noel Kammermann
Executive Director

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Street Address:
1351 North C. St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

PO Box 13495
Sacramento, CA 95813

Phone: 916-446-0874
Fax: 916-446-0875

Email: info@sacloaves.org

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