Well it’s almost the end of the year, and the decade for that matter, and the winter season holidays are almost behind us yet again. With it being the final sack lunch run of the year, we wanted to do something special, in addition to all of the absolutely necessary things that we do for our friends. Sometimes we just want to make people smile, and we’ve learned that whenever we serve our red beans and rice, our friends are very appreciative. We serve them hot and we believe that’s part of the lure. Nothing brings back good memories like homemade food made with love. Along with the treat, we were also able to provide everyone with hand warmers, and Mylar blankets for those who wanted and needed one. The thing that most people don’t realize is that our friends, more often than not, will not take what they don’t really need, because they know full well that someone who is in more need might miss out if they take what they can because they can, and not because they need to. It was a very long day, as we traversed the streets of Vallejo looking for those in need. Usually this time of year there are so many groups serving, that our friends aren’t in need as much, and that’s a good thing. With the reality of ending a year homeless along with knowing that the new year will present as many if not more challenges, we are prepared fully to start next year even more determined to live up to our mission statement which is to “EMPOWER OTHERS TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES”!! Words to live by!! With lots of irons in the fire, we are most excited at the unveiling of our new website for next year, so we hope you’ll like it as much as we are proud of it. Along with the website we encourage you to keep your eyes on our progress, because there’s so much good out there yet to do. So we can’t wait to hit the streets next year in 2020, and do our thing!!
As the day progressed, and we finally finished our lunch program, we had time to relax for a brief minute, because after being honored to serve others, we were going to attend an event later on honoring ourselves and a few select others, for being of service to the Vallejo community. To say the least, it was amazing! Askari Sowonde and all those involved with the production of this wonderful event, truly outdid themselves. From the wonderful entertainment, to the powerful speakers, and the many light hearted moments, to say it was amazing would be an understatement at best. Not only were we and others recognized by the city, but we also received recognition from the California State Legislature!! Right on!! To make it all even that much better, we even won two raffle items, including a beautiful pillow, and a fabulous framed artwork entitled “PAPYRUS”!!! Once again, it was a truly amazing evening of unity and edutainment!!! We can’t wait to attend next year and support the new class of honorees!!
Last but not least we hope that that everyone has a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve, and we will see you on the flip side! Til then keep doing what brings you joy and hopefully brings joy to others. Tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!
Sack lunch program12/21/2019
This past Saturday we were very excited to have a special treat for our friends. Thanks to the generosity of Makhan Dabb, owner of TOGOs in Vallejo, we were able to provide deli style sandwiches with all the fixings, in place of our standard ham or turkey sandwiches. It was a great surprise for all of our friends, and it allowed us to make this pre-Xmas lunch run even more special. We were able to also offer bread pudding or pear halves for desert. Everyone received Bombas socks and blankets, while others also received much needed umbrellas or tarps to address the off and on rainy weather. All in all it was a great day of service, and we are certainly ready to end the year off with a bang! So see you this coming Saturday in the streets of Vallejo!!
SACK LUNCH PROGRAM 12/07/2019
This past Saturday was another wet one, and when it’s wet and cold, it’s hard to find our friends. There are certain areas we do venture into for primarily safety reasons, so we do our best to inform our friends via social media, to let them know we’re heading out to serve. After receiving a many inquiries to where we would be when, it’s become evident that we must further ratify the process in a manner that keeps it expeditious and equally as encompassing. It’s important that we keep in contact with our friends, because it offers us more opportunity to help them when they ask, and it also enables us to keep our finger on the pulse of the constantly changing demographics of who we are serving. It’s hard to accurately prepare for what numbers we may encounter, but it’s becoming easier to guesstimate with more frequency. We are in the final month of the year, and we are moving forward with our plans to distribute certain items on a first come first serve basis. With the exception of limited items, the majority of wet/cold weather items will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Certain transactions will be documented to avoid giving one individual too much of the same item, for example more than one umbrella or coat. As we progress through the remainder of the month, we will certainly be working diligently to ensure that we can do what we can to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters in need. Part of this will include an upgrade to our operational format via fundraising efforts and refurbishment of our website. As we seek out additional storage and support, we assure you that the MLKHP will stay the course, remain fully transparent, and do our best to continue to support our friends, as they work on themselves and their situations. The whole purpose of our project is to “EMPOWER OTHERS TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES”, and by doing so, we hope that they can achieve self sufficiency, and in return show someone else the way out of the rabbit hole!
Have a great week, and we will see you in the streets of Vallejo next Saturday! Peace and God Bless!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
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The MLK Humanity Project is an inclusive community organization devoted to the well being and empowerment of our homeless and less fortunate residents.