Today we went out to serve hot breakfast on another very cold day. With an option of cinnamon raisin oatmeal or an scrambled egg and cheese wrap for a main item, we were quite surprised at the amount of recipients we served. However, considering the continued efforts by the city to move the homeless community into the shadows, it’s not to surprising to see more people in need seemingly pop up in places where you wouldn’t expect. Even though we were strictly relegated to our route, we still anticipate the need to increase our meal count starting next week, and prior to expanding the actual route itself. Though there always bright spots in our outings, today provided one of my personal favorites to date.
A couple of weeks ago, we asked our friend Roger if there was anything special he needed from us and, if possible, we would bring it to him. Well Roger said he needed and wanted a cross. Now seeing how we aren’t a religious organization, nor am I a religious individual, so we don’t have nor carry religious materials. However, we believe in “Empowering Others to Empower Themselves”, and if a cross and the simple gesture of seeing to it that Roger got one is what he wanted and needed, then it was exactly what we would do. Well today we were able to give Roger his cross, and hope that it helps to bring him comfort and focus. It was truly one of the more rewarding moments in our 3 years of service to our community. It’s these types of exchanges that help us build relationships and nurture them. When it was all said and done, Roger turned to wish us well, in case we never saw him again. We hope it’s not the case, but we find comfort in knowing that he is well aware of the possibility that his words could prove true. Tonight will be very cold and rainy tonight in Vallejo, so we will keep our friends in our prayers and their well being on our minds.
When we go out Saturday, we will continue to provide cold weather items to help our friends combat the elements, and words of encouragement and inspiration to combat the despair! So with that, we will see y’all this Saturday in the streets of Vallejo doing what we do best, showing More Love & Kindness the MLKHP way! Til then stay safe and stay kind!!
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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.