August 2017 Newsletter

Noel and Bobby taking a respite in the shade at Friendship Park

My name is Noel Kammermann, and I am the new Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes. I hope to meet you in person in the near future as I join you in serving the most vulnerable members of our community.

I’ve been serving people experiencing homelessness my whole career, whether through mental health counseling, education/employment services, residential services, housing placement, and through larger initiatives that include regional and statewide work.

My most recent role was Chief Program Officer at Inspirica in Stamford, Connecticut. During my time there, Connecticut ended veteran’s homelessness and is well on its way toward ending chronic homelessness.

In Spring 2017, my family and I made the decision to move to Sacramento. As we prepared to move, I learned about an organization called Sacramento Loaves & Fishes that was in search of an executive director. I researched the organization and spoke to a few different contacts who knew about the agency. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive about the work that they do, and the impact that they have within the community. After several visits, I knew that it was the right fit.

To be sure, Sister Libby left me some massive shoes to fill. The amazing work that she has done for the guests of Loaves & Fishes over the years leaves me both in awe, and incredibly inspired. As I walked with her through Friendship Park, I saw the meaning and hope that she represented with our guests. It was clear, they might not be here today if it weren’t for the meals, the survival services, and the personal care that they receive from the many staff and wonderful volunteers. This is something I want to be a part of.

Over 2,000 people sleep outside every night in Sacramento.

And, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

The need for survival services and the need for your support have never been greater as shown by the dramatic increase in homelessness in Sacramento. The latest homeless point in time count shows a 38% increase in homelessness since 2015 and the number of men, women, and children sleeping outside has nearly doubled to 2,052!

This is sobering news.

That’s why your support is critical. Your support provides a safe and welcoming oasis. Your donations feed the hungry, and provide clean clothing, showers, education for homeless children, access to health care, and so many other critical services.

Please think of the impact of your donation – small or large - and the difference that you will make.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for being a part of our community. Thank you for making a difference.

Gratefully, and sincerely,

Noel Kammermann
Executive Director

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