Well it was a much better day weather wise than this past Saturday. We had to reschedule for today due in large part to the persistent rainfall Saturday. Well today, it was a bit chilly, but much more suitable for effectively getting out to help our friends. It was a bit quiet, which can be good or bad, but we’ll just keep it positive and hope all is well with all those we did not see out today. We did however see a bunch of pups out today. Pups who were very fortuitous, because they received new blankets donated to Outpaw Outreach (aka MLK Pet Program) by a local Girl Scout troop, and they were wonderful. Thank you young ladies!! It’s a bit awkward, because we haven’t been out on a weekday in quite some time, and it poses new questions regarding the days we will or should consider be going out. Anyway, all in all it was a great day of service in Vallejo, and we successfully distributed 100 sack lunches, socks, and toiletry bag to all of our friends in need. We will be out next week on Saturday or Monday, but we are once again working with an uncertain schedule! We will certainly inform you in due time. Until then, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!✌🏾🙏🏾
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It was an absolutely successful day. We were able to sign up more people for the Family & Friends Program, as well as distributing cards to people who had signed up previously! We headed out with 120 sack lunches, toiletries, blankets, pet products, and much more, however we started today’s lunch run by delivering a family package to a young mother and her daughter. Afterwards we began our route in a different, yet consistent location, and from the beginning we ran across so many people, and so many new faces, including furry ones. Now that we have reached an agreement with Outpaw Outreach to become an official entity if the MLKHP, we have since begun to tighten up our program by having liability waiver forms for pet owners to sign, whenever they may need some over the counter pet meds for their pets. This eliminates any problems in the future that may arise should our furry friends have any adverse effects from any medication we have given to their owners. We have seen the need to begin a serious push for more fundraising, and that will be our next focus because we have many potential projects on the drawing board that will require proper and sustainable funding. That’s why we are pleased to announce that we are the proud beneficiaries of the VALLEJO PRIDE MASQUERADE BALL, to be held on Friday June 21st, 2019. We are very excited about the prospect of future charitable endeavors with VALLEJO PRIDE and other viable and important community organizations and local businesses. So don’t hesitate to get your tickets before it’s too late!! Click on the link below for more information!!
Last but not least, we ask that you consider donating to our cause by checking out our list of most needed items, or most importantly, WAYS TO DONATE! 🤗 With that, we will sign off for this weekend by wishing all of the wonderful moms out there, a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY tomorrow!! So Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
It was another beautiful day of service in Vallejo. The whole team was on deck, and we hit the streets running! So many wonderful stories of progress and hope for better days. It was a bit quiet to start, but towards midday, we began to see lots more faces, including children. Today everyone received a sack lunch, fruit, a water (drink packet included), a pairof black Bombas Socks, and a toiletry bag. Along with our friends, we also saw lots of loyal furry friends, who also enjoyed a little MLKHP style TLC!! 😉 With the assistance of our friend and teammate Moira and my wife Kerchinia, many of our friends saw their pets receiving new collars and leashes, to accompany the hearty dog food packages. ( Poop bags included!!)
To make great day even greater, we also heard three absolutely great stories including, our friend Jen in the above video showing the moment that we found out that she just got a vehicle upgrade! Or our young family of four, who were thankfully able to purchase an RV, so now their enjoying the price of mind it brings just knowing that their girls are a bit safer than before. Or even our friend Robert, who we hadn’t seen in months, which left us fearing the worst, only to see him out fishing in the Marina. Overjoyed to see him, we embraced, and then he let us know that he has been gainfully employed and doing much better. He even take a few minutes to lend us a hand. Positive growth is a wonderful thing to see.
Not to be forgotten, our other wonderful team members, Melissa and Becky, we were also busy distributing membership cards for the Family & Friends Program, as well as gathering information for future members. In addition, Melissa brought donuts (It’s her birthday 🎂), and we through in some Sunny D for a nice morning snack, before our friends enjoyed their sack lunches later.
All in all, it was a great day for so many reasons, but none more than the fact that our friends are really making possible changes in their lives, and consequently seeing growth within themselves and in their lives! We will be out next Saturday, and until then, always remember to tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 12,013 sack lunch lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves and those who unfortunately no longer can.
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It’s Sunday morning, and it’s not lost on us that it’s a holiday for so many of our brothers and sisters. However, we did see a lot of people yesterday, and that was a bit unusual for a religious holiday weekend, considering the many churches we have in Vallejo. Today will probably be a much different story though. Everything helps, and we are certain that no one will have to go hungry today if they seek out any if the many groups doing meals. For that reason, we made sure to do what we could to provide lunches yesterday for those we encountered. We went out with 135 sack lunches, and we gave out 120. Normally we don’t return with any, but we thought it best to keep what we had left, because we will undoubtedly receive requests for some food today, and we want to be ready to help. If no one calls, then we will go out tomorrow and disburse the remaining lunches. The most notable thing about yesterday was the fact that we encountered no children for the first time ever. Odd yes, yet very comforting knowing that the kids weren’t out in the streets and were hopefully in doors for at least the weekend. We did get to see lots of kids enjoying themselves at the park in the Crest, where the residents through a big party for the holiday, and it was obviously very kid friendly! It was a beautiful sight to see.
In addition to the absence of kids, we noticed that our friends are also becoming more scattered. Though we go to certain locations, we always get as many people as we can in between locations. Well we’re noticing that they are being moved around more than usual. Now we certainly understand the need to keep up appearances and keep the city clean and safe to some extent, so it’s no surprise that we are seeing our friends in unfamiliar locations more frequently. Knowing this to be the case is why we are glad to be a mobile service that seeks out our friends, and not the other way around. To ensure that the MLKHP Family & Friends is going to be in full effect starting May 4, 2019, we will be taking the next weekend off. We will use these next 2 weeks to make all of the necessary provisions to ensure a smooth start to our membership card system. We are very excited to say the least, and will definitely keep y’all posted about the progress of the program. So until 5/4/19, we will be working off the grid and can’t wait to see how the next chapter in our Project will read! So have a wonderful Easter and/or Passover. Tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others!! Peace and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
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Another day of service is in the books, so to speak! We had a very smooth lunch program today, without any incidents. As usual, we saw many old faces, however we also saw many new faces as well. We met new children, and that’s concerning to say the least. Hopefully, we will be able to help them and their parents (both young and very polite) get back on their feet. We anticipate feedback on the introduction of pretzels, which are replacing the chips, however we will stay the bourse as we anticipate helping many more people this coming Summer season. Pretzels are cheaper, healthier, and allow us to give more people more food, for half the cost of potato chips. Without losing quality, we are able to increase quantity, on the exact same budget. We do this because the situation is dire, and getting worse. Amazingly enough, the people we help are able to smile in the face of such adversity and seemingly insurmountable odds. Smiles bearing the hope and promise of better days to come!
Another wonderful part of our project is meeting all of the wonderful pets. Along with our newest partner, Moira Farrell of Outpaw Outreach, my wife and I gave out the most pet food since the project began. So not only are encountering more people, many of which have been women and children, but we are seeing an increase in pets. We hope to continue to be able to offer assistance with pets, as they serve a vital role in not just the security of their owners, but more importantly, they offer companionship and unconditional love. Pets are good for the mental health of our friends, and that’s a plus in our books.
Lastly, we are pleased to say that our letters which went out two weeks ago, was well received! It means a lot to the project, and to our message of empowerment through empathy and life experiences. We will continue to encourage and support of friends, as much as we possibly can! It’s imperative to have the support from our donors, because it allows us to do what we do. However, there is much more that needs to be done, and for that, we need your support. So if you like what we are doing, please return to our home page for ways to donate (FAQ’s) as well as a list of our most needed items. We thank you for your support!! Remember, liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so please help us spread the word!! As always, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
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Happy Sunday!! Wow, yesterday was such an amazing experience for so many reasons. There was a lot of good, and even some bad, however in the end we saw progress. As we begin to shift into the next phase of the MLK Family & Friends Program, we were able to begin the process of producing and distributing program membership cards. In addition, we also continued to sign up more of our friends to receive a membership card. The way this will work is simple. With or without a membership card, everyone we encounter will receive a lunch, as long as we have them available. However, members take priority over nonmembers, in some cases. For instance if we are down to one last lunch, and 2 people, the lunch will go to the card carrying member. We do have safeguards in place to build impromptu lunches on the fly, so it would be rare for someone to not get something to eat, should we find ourselves in such a situation. With regards to toiletries, we have partnered up with Project Blessing Bags to provide toiletry bags, and again they will go to card carrying members, and non members will have access to loose toiletries, and will be limited to 2 items per week, in most cases. Keep in mind that we simply fill in the voids for most people, because they have some of these items already, so they get what they need. The good thing about being a member is that they receive a toiletry bag every other week, and they still have access to loose toiletries not included in the bags. Membership will automatically enroll our friends in the Sock Exchange Program designed to keep our friends feet warm and healthy. The program is also designed to pay it forward. By turning in a clean pair of hole free, used socks that we distribute through the project (Bombas Socks only), we will replace them with a new pair, every other week! We also get limited one time donations of great items, such as umbrellas, shirts, hats, backpacks, etc. Membership will give you first come first serve access to those items as well. Since the program is malleable, things are always subject to change. All in all, we are focused on streamlining the process and making it functional and rule oriented. If we can get systems in place and protocols established, it will make transitioning to a facility much easier. We are excited to gather pertinent information which will also aid in our future efforts to apply and receive grants. This is just part of the process. Other than the usual orders of business, yesterday was an extremely successful day in the sense that people are anxious to see where this is going, and how it can help them to change their situations! We will certainly be out next Saturday on 04/13/2019, to continue to sign up more friends, and when we get to 100, we will freeze enrollment til we are comfortable with taking on newer members. We are committed to consistency and sustainability, and do not want to bite off more than we can chew. Therefore, it’s imperative that we don’t self sabotage by trying to do too much. ❤️🖤💚💛
Well with that said, we wish you well. We encourage you to take stock of the blessings in you life, like family. Tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
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***Today was a very important day for the project for so many different reasons. Blessed with beautiful weather, we went out to share a message of hope, and the possibility of positive change. Personally, this weekend is of significant importance, because Monday will mark the 2 year anniversary of my abstinence from alcohol. Since I made that decision, my life has changed for the better, and I want our friends to realize that it’s never too late to change. To further push the narrative, I wrote a letter to our friends expressing our genuine concern for their well being and self improvement. To say the least, the message was well received.
***In addition to our message, we were on a mission to get people signed up for the second stage of our MLKHP FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM. It too turned out to be successful venture, as we resigned almost 50 people to receive their membership cards. We are very excited about entering a phase of creating personal files for our friends, in an effort to help keep track of their particular needs. Doing so will help us to better help them to help themselves.
As an organization, we have grown and we are trying to do do in a responsible manner. We have recently partnered with a wonderful company called Bombas Socks! They will be providing us with enough socks on an annual basis, that we will be able to initiate a very ambitious sock exchange program. The main goal of which us to continue to pay it forward. (Details to come in the very near future.)
*** With regards to today, as previously stated, we went out to share a message of hope through self reflection and positive change. The conversations were amazing. However, we were touched by a young boy, who was as bright as he was polite! It was hard to know that he was in his situation, and it was hard to see his parents struggling. However, through it all, he was genuinely happy. He really took a liking to my wife, as she spent time with him talking with him, and eventually surprising him with pair of “funky fresh” sunglasses. Not my words by the way. Anyway, I personally had 4 conversations with individuals who were contemplating going home to their families, and for some to their children. It was hard to hear some of the stories without being sad and somewhat disappointed, however the fact that going back to family was an option, told me that they were getting tired of their present situations. You might be surprised at how many people can go home or stay with family, provided they get clean and sober. That’s definitely easier said than done, believe I know from personal experience. I also know that it’s doable, also from personal experience. I wish them all the best, and we will be here to do whatever we can to assist them in their efforts to make the necessary moves to get back to a support system that is firmly rooted in the strength that a living family can offer. ❤️🖤💚💛
***All in all, today was a resounding success, and we look forward to further growing the project, and even more so, the many programs and partnerships we have formed! With that said, please tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t!! Always remember to be kind to others! Peace and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 11,533 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves and those who unfortunately no longer can!
We also want to thank all of our donors, partners, team members, and volunteers. We are a community organization, and we rely on the community to thrive. We always say,” LIKING US IS LOVELY, BUT SHARING IS CARING, SO PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!!” 🤗🤞🏾
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
For starters let me say this above all else, “I LOVE Y’ALL!” Nobody is gonna make me feel any other way. I was just thinking about the fact that I’ll be turning 48 years old next month, and I’m still finding my way to a becoming a better me. It’s been a year and a half since we started coming out, since October 2017 to be exact, and I realize that I’m often asked why we do what we do, or what motivates me to do this project. Well it’s simple, I’ve been in many bad situations, from being in and out of jail, to being homeless, to fighting a destructive addiction to alcohol, many failed relationships, and on and on. However, one day I realized that I wasn’t dead and that I was fighting the very people who wouldn’t abandon me. Through all of the bad legal consequences, most of which I brought on myself, I was still in the game, because I stopped relying on other people to validate my core value. I decided that I would make the opinion that I had of myself become the opinion that others had of me, and not the other way around anymore. That required absolute honesty, meaning that I had to acknowledge that I didn’t have a high opinion of myself, and I needed to accept the fact that I had a lot of shortcomings that needed to be addressed. So instead of feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, I took it one step at a time. The first step, not to be confused with AA, was the most important, I had to break up with my best friend, and partner in crime, ALCOHOL. At my worst point, I was drinking a 5th of vodka or rum a day, in addition to legally prescribed opiates! But first and foremost, I had to give up drinking, so I did, knowing that everything would eventually begin to fall in place. No court ordered AA, no pressure from family and friends, and no amount of embarrassment was enough. No I had to want it for myself more than others wanted it for me. So I went to the bar on March 31, 2017 and ordered a beer and a shot of tequila. I downed them, thanked them for all of the valuable lessons, and sent them out of my life. It’s still a daily commitment, but with everyday I invest in myself, I wake up the next day a better man than I was the night before when I went to sleep. In short, we all have choices, just like we all have problems. That’s life! However, our actions are what forge our paths. Life is unfair on so many levels for so many of us, but unfortunately you must play the hand you’re dealt. To change the game, you gotta stay engaged. Now I’m not here to say “do this or that, or stop doing this or that.” No to the contrary, I’m saying that if “YOU” want better, “YOU” must do better, and there’s nothing better than your personal best! We all know what holds us back, but the strange thing about things that hold us back is that those things aren’t holding on to us, we’re holding on to them! Things like drama, anger, addiction, amongst many others. Simply let go! 🙏🏾 I know it’s not easy, but I’m here to show you it’s possible. So, in closing I want y’all to know that I’m here to help, to try and find solutions, and to lend an ear. We aren’t here to pass judgment or act on them, but rather to do what we can to continue to support and inspire you to become the best version of you!! Like I said in the beginning, “I LOVE Y’ALL! AND NOBODY IS GONNA CHANGE THAT, NOT EVEN YOU!” 😉
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
Words to truly embrace and live by. Til the time comes when you no longer need our services, we are here, and we are here to stay. We aren’t religious, and we believe that as individuals we must find our own paths to enlightenment. I personally believe in God, but in my own way, and my way allows me to love unconditionally. Your way may not be my way, but if your way makes you a better person inside and out, then that’s good, regardless of your belief system! With that said, keep striving and keep pushing through, and y’all have our word that we will continue to fight the good fight with you and for you, but together. It’s all about reciprocity, so there will be give and take. Knowing this please try to have a peaceful evening, and start working on making tomorrow better than today! We all have a choice! We here at the MLK Humanity Project choose to care, so hopefully you can find some peace in that! With that said, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾❤️🖤💚💛
Respectfully and Sincerely,
President, MLK Humanity Project
Wow!!! We have a new business partnership, and it’s a gonna help us do so much for so many in need!! We are so excited to share the news, and will be announcing who are new partner is this Saturday, prior to our Sack Lunch Program run, so see you Saturday morning!! ❤️🖤💚💛
Don’t ever doubt the power of FAMILY!! Today we went out into the streets of Vallejo to show love and kindness to those who are need of just that. Unlike many of our friends, I can always say that my family was always available for me through the good and the bad. However, at some point they realized that I had to realize that they were always available, and always there. Once I did, I had a moment of clarity, if you will, and I started to understand that the truth hurts. But that kind of hurt is a necessary pain. The kind of pain that moves one to greater purpose, and to pursue positive aspirations geared toward spiritual growth and self improvement. Well, I’m no rocket scientist, but I’m sure I’m not special! I’ve lived my whole life thinking that I could do anything that the next person could, if I tried. And the times I tried and was unsuccessful, I tried something else. Well I’m so happy to share a story of hope and perseverance. This is Scott, and along with his dog Solo we would always do what we could for him. He always worked, mostly odd jobs, but he worked. Through his many personal trials, he too came to immerse himself in his own profound moment of clarity! Here’s where family is the key. You see Scott is doing much better, and making better decisions for himself as well as for salvation of relationships with those who genuinely love him. Apparently, it was seeing the disappointment in his son’s eyes after seeing his situation, that finally prompted Scott to start making the hard choices. Choices that would be necessary ones to make, despite the difficulties. It was amazing to see the difference in his appearance and his demeanor when he surprised us while we were out serving. He was unrecognizable at first, because he had a fresh haircut, new clothes, and most importantly an air of self confidence and pride, that hequite honestly never exhibited before. The most striking thing about the “ new and improved” or at least improving Scott, was his humility. His embracement of necessary change was present in his words and his posture. We are so happy for him and his family, especially his son with whom he now resides. That's what I’m talking about, when I’m talking about family taking care of family. It requires the willingness to compromise and sacrifice from everyone involved. It doesn’t always pan out, but then everybody doesn’t always give it the all either. Personally, I believe if you have family that truly loves you, and want what’s best you, then you should cherish that, because not everyone has that luxury. For that very reason, we let our friends know that they are our family, and like any good family member, we only want what’s best for them, but we can’t want it more than they want it for themselves. ❤️🖤💚💛 In addition to seeing Scott, we saw so many others doing better, or at least not worse. And not doing worse implies some semblance of stability, and that’s a positive thing.
All in all, we passed out 101 sack lunches, and 100 Blessing Bags (toiletry bags) today. We hope that our friends will at least not worry about being too hungry today, and thanks to other people we say serving today, they should be ok. With that said, “please don’t be thankful, stay thankful.” Be thankful for FAMILY, and always tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others! Peace, and May God continue to bless us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 11,421 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!
We also want to thank all of our supporters, donors, team members, and volunteers, because we know we can’t do it alone. We always say that, “LIKING US IS LOVELY, BUT SHARING IS CARING! SO PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!!” 🤞🏾😉
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If it were any more beautiful outside, I’d have to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming! What a day for the project with regards to growth and messaging! We were joined by our new friend and ally Moira Farrell and her organization, OUTPAW OUTREACH, also located in Vallejo,CA! Along with my wife, and our Volunteer Coordinator, Becky La Grand Curtis, and Moira, we successfully passed out 100+ sack lunches, pet products, baby items, toiletries, and information. It was obvious from the outset, that this collaboration was gonna have some very positive outcomes. Meeting new people and learning their stories was paramount today, as it served to give us not only valuable information, but also better perspective from which to circumnavigate the challenges that face us from week to week.
Without fail, we always hear stories about the day to day hardships that our friends face. Some stories are upbeat and positive leaning, however not all of them, but most of them are sad and wuite alarming. Case in point, a friend told me that she has serious concerns about the way code enforcement is being implemented. Apparently the consensus is one of feeling bullied by the powers that be. We have scheduled a meeting to sit down and hear her concerns. Hopefully , we can then take what we learn and try to see who is willing to sit at the table to discuss solutions! Until we are fully informed, we will reserve commentary beyond what I’ve already eluded to. We will certainly update you as to what we are able to learn, and what plans we have for trying to make things better, or at least more dignified. ❤️🖤💚💛
It wasn’t all about business though. Today was about trying to touch someone that I’ve grown to respect, not because I really know him, but because we share a common bond. You see, last week I wore my PVMAU (Prairie View A&M University) T-shirt for many reasons, however in addition to the many messages the shirt was standing for, I also had an extra T-shirt for our friend Andre. Unfortunately, we didn’t see him last week, but that wasn’t the case today. And when I say he was smiling from ear to ear when we gave him the shirt, it would be an understatement to say the least. If you’re wondering what’s the connection, it’s simple. The first time Andre and I spoke, PVAMU came up. It turns out that his daughter is currently a student there, and is on course to graduate in a year. Right on! Being able to give him the T-shirt was one of my favorite moments, because it was about him and his love for his daughter, and also about the fact that our shared love for a particular university and it’s role in our lives gave us the opportunity to bond. I hope he enjoys the shirt, but more so the memories it evokes!!
Finally, we are planning to move the MLK FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM to phase 2. We have been gathering information from our friends pertinent to their individual situations and concerns, in an effort to find the best possible information and resources to assist them in their efforts to improve upon their respective situations. In congruence with our development of a volunteer program, we will be simplifying the process by which to distribute what items to whom, as well as being able to take personal requests for items into serious consideration. As usual we will keep you informed. There will be lots of exciting announcements in the weeks to come, so please keep an eye out for them! With that said, we hope y’all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, and in general just a fantastic weekend! Please tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t!! Always remember to be kind to others!! Peace and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date, the MLK Humanity Project has served 11,320 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!!
We also want to to thank all of our donors, volunteers, team members, and supporters. We are a community organization, and we rely on the community to thrive! We always say that “Liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring! So please help us spread the word!!”🤞🏾
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“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
It’s Sunday morning, and there’s so much to share about yesterday’s Sack Lunch Program. I hope you will take a few minutes to read about our day of service in Vallejo. So here goes. Since we usually start at the library, we made it our last stop yesterday because, we knew that a church would be out serving a wonderful hot breakfast during our new normal time, so we waited. Starting out, yesterday was a particularly wet and cold one, and that meant less visible activity, but it also allowed us to be more generous in most situations. Like in one case where we met a homeless senior who lives in his vehicle. As always, we approached him respectfully and offered our services. Since we had already met him before, he was very receptive, so he accepted. In every case, I always ask if there’s someone else with them, so we can make sure everyone is accounted for. Well based on their response we give the proper amount. So if we were initially giving someone two lunches for themselves, we simply double it if we see that there is another person, so on and so forth. Well in this case, this gentleman was alone, and obviously hungry. I asked if he had refrigeration in his RV, but he didn’t. So we gave him extra PB&J lunches, along with a couple of turkey sandwich lunches, because the PB&J’s will keep longer. That’s how we try to work with the circumstances of our friends on an individual basis. The main thing that stood out, was his age and the fact that he was essentially alone. So we shook hands, and I gave him our card with instructions to call anytime if he were in need, and we would do what we could, if and when we could. But not only was he appreciative, he was also concerned for others, and he directed us to two others that needed help as well! Right on, paying it forward the best way he could, but still paying it forward! 🤗
Further along and during our route, we were heading to the library, again our last stop, per say, as we noticed a family by a van. We stopped to offer our services, and we surprised by what we learned from the woman we met. She recognized us and asked why we weren’t at the fairgrounds where the free dental work was taking place? (For the last 2 weekends we have been distributing information about the free dental services offered by CDA CARES) We said we just hoped people were taking advantage of the wonderful opportunity, but we weren’t going to change our route, because we knew everyone couldn’t make it to the event. Well, all of that aside, she made it to the event on Friday, and received a beautiful set of new dentures, and her family member was waiting for her call back, which actually occurred as we were talking. We have always emphasized the importance of maintaining dental hygiene for so many reasons, so it was such wonderful news to know that people we benefiting from the free dental event. Thank you CDA CARES, you really make people’s lives better!! See y’all next year!! 👍🏾 After speaking, and meeting her awesome grandson, we also signed her family up for the MLK FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM to start receiving bi-weekly family packages!! 😉
Finally, and most importantly, we are often contacted by our friends for help via texts, because we are very accessible by phone. Well yesterday we received a request for lunches, and since the location wasn’t too far from our route, we went after we left the library. Now I won’t disclose the location, but I will say that what I saw was a bit disturbing. The lines are getting somewhat blurred, because people out being forced to retreat and reside in or very near residential areas, and that’s not good for anyone. There need to be safe zones for people to be able to set up temporary safe harbor, instead of constantly being run off from place to place. I’m not saying we have all the answers, but we do have some very good ideas, and we’re are certainly willing to share what we know to help everyone from the homeless to the concerned homeowners, to peacefully coexist with the presence of established and respected boundaries. All of this can happen, while we and many other groups are still attempting to help those who want to help themselves. We definitely have some choices to make, because we will not be perpetuating any squatting type activity. However, we and those we serve must master the Art of Reciprocity! It’s about “give and take”, not “take and keep taking”. 🤔 We can do it, because we must.
In closing, it was another beautiful day of service. I often wonder why it is we as human beings treat one and other the way we do. However, I also realize that the best way for me to make a difference, is by embracing my humanity and recognizing it in others. Changing the world starts with first changing yourself.
“If we want things to get better, then we as individuals must choose to start doing better things!”
So with that said, we hope your weekend has and still is a wonderful one. We encourage you to tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t!! Always remember to be kind to others!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 11,200 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!!
P.S.S. We want to thank all of our donors, past and present, our project supporters, our volunteers, and especially our core team members. Thank you to Project Blessing Bags & Pits R Us, for your continued support, as well as all of the anonymous donors who share on the quiet tip! 🤫👌🏾We know that it takes the community to make a community organization work. With that being said, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!! However, we always say that “liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so please help us spread the word!! 🤞🏾
”SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
“Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, — all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked, — who is good? not that men are ignorant, — what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.”
- W.E.B. DuBois
Yesterday was a particularly quiet day in many respects, but that was primarily due to the fact that Friday was the first of the month, and many of our friends received what little assistance they do get, in the form of SSI checks or food stamps, etc. Many choose to get a room for a day or two, to not only get out of the elements for a bit, but to also shower and enjoy a nice warm bed. As wonderful as that is for many, it’s not true for them all. It really allows us to loosely gage the severity of some situations versus others, and merely on face value and admitted speculation, in some cases. Well yesterday was one for the books. Filled with both highs and lows. For instance, at our first stop we saw people using their new umbrellas, that we’ve been handing out for the last 3 Saturdays, to help keep our friends dry and shielded from the rain. And it was a heartwarming sight to see, to say the least! However, we also heard a lot of stories about how umbrellas were stolen, or lost, and even given away. Now this is where we found ourselves in a very precarious situation. We know it’s not our place to figure out if there is truth to every story of theft, but it was apparent that every story was certainly not true. When we handed out the umbrellas, we were very clear in letting our friends know that the umbrellas were theirs to do with what they pleased, so we knew that some would be sold or bartered, for money or whatever. Knowing that made us fully prepared to say, “No” (in most cases😉) when people said that they needed a new one for whatever reason. In one case, a gentleman told me that he needed another umbrella, because he gave his away to a friend. My response to his request was as follows, “That’s awesome brother, that you would do that for your friend, but as great as that was, it was a sacrifice you chose to make. You knew that you wouldn’t have an umbrella for yourself to deal with the rain, but you unselfishly gave it your friend, so I have to respectfully say “no”, because there are many people still in need of an umbrella, that we have yet to meet or who are program participants that have yet to receive theirs.” He flashed a wry grin, but he shook my hand and said “Thank you” anyway. Without being contentious, we both understood the what’s and the why’s, and that was that. A second man said that a man we know has been in rehab for the past 2 weeks, was watching his umbrella for him last Saturday, while he went to the store, and when he returned, the man and the umbrella were gone. But again, we were careful with our words, but ultimately it was the same result as the other gentleman. The first rule of positive change is accountability, and that’s a personal choice. As I like to say, “Grown folks are gonna be grown!” Anyway, we were able to help many people and share our message of hope, love, and mostly perseverance! I’d like to believe it resonating more and more each week!!
In closing, we have started collecting pertinent data, which we hope will help us to better serve and be better prepared for our weekly runs. So with that said, always to tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others! Be thankful for what you have, and not bitter for what you don’t. Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 11,100 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!!
We also want to thank all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters. We can’t do this alone. As we always say, “LIKING US IS LOVELY, BUT SHARING IS CARING! SO HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!!”🤗🤞🏾
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“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”
— Malcolm X
Well it was another wonderful day of service in the city of Vallejo! We wanted to go out with purpose and a message. The purpose being to help and empower, and the message being one of personal growth through change and accountability. Now in theory, it’s a beautiful concept, however in actuality, it is eventually solely up to the individual to change. Change starts from within, because it’ starts with a thought that one must first put into action. Change requires desire and faith, which are qualities that many of our friends possess. We let our friends know that we have faith in them, because we believe in them. But desire and faith are just words, without being followed by action. It’s that simple. Anyway, on to today’s update. Immediately, we saw an increase in the numbers of people we encountered, including children. Our whole team went out to provide lunches, umbrellas, toiletries, hot coffee and cocoa, and much more. In addition, we provided our friends with information about a dental event to be held in Vallejo on March 8 & 9. With our team being at full capacity, I was actually able to spend more time talking more candidly with people on a more one on one basis. It’s was really a great day to be of service, but when is it ever a bad one? 🤔 We also gathered some very good demographic stats pertaining to the gender make up of today’s recipients, numbers of people served, locations visited, so on and so forth. We will continue to collect valuable data to help us better refine our services, and ensure that we are providing what we can, in the best way possible. We have lots of ideas in the works, and we will update y’all with news as it happens. In closing, I always say that “If you judge a book by its cover, you may very well miss out on a very good story!! “❤️🖤💚💛
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is, contempt prior to examination.”
With that said, always remember to tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t. Remember to be kind to others! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters! To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,950 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!
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”SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Well how many ways can you say “AWESOME”? I’ve had many wonderful moments in my life, and this one has to rank amongst one of the best! This evening we, my wife and I, were finally able to meet our guitar recipient, Donovan Davidson, and his father. It was a brief exchange, yet it will hopefully leave a lasting impression on this impressive young man. Now I don’t know him, as we just met this evening, however he presented himself with a certain humility that one can only hope to see in all of us, all of the time. Seeing as it had been months in the making, the actual gifting of this donated guitar was priceless to say the least. We hope that it will inspire him to continue practice, play, and perfect his craft, but also to continue to share that gift with others through play or instruction. So join us please in congratulating Donovan Davidson, our first and hopefully not last recipient of some of the wonderful items that we are sometimes blessed to receive from wonderful members of our community. Special thanks to my friend Sherman for the wonderful donation itself, and to both Vanessa Vaughn and Denise Hunter for their guidance and support. Most of all. thank you Donovan Davidson for making such wonderful impressions on the people around you, and for choosing to share your talents with us all! May you have much success in all that you choose to do in life! So as always, remember to tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t. Always remember to be kind to others. Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. If you have unused instruments or like items that are just collecting dust in your attics or basements, we encourage to refurbish them and donate them to your local schools or music programs in your areas, or even to another wonderful young person with a gift and a goal, just like Donovan! We owe it to our youth to provide them with hope and opportunity, whenever we are given the chance! 💯 👊🏾
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What another beautiful day in the Bay Area!! ❤️🖤💚💛 It’s not a widely known fact, but we often take family packages out to some of our friends. We try to help the homeless, and the working families who are making every dollar count. The family packages are in lieu of the membership and participation in the Sack Lunch Program, however whenever we have extra lunches, we include them in the family packages themselves. Today we will be delivering 2 packages. They are put together based on circumstances, and needs. So no 2 packages are really ever the same, however there are certain staples in each, suck as bread and sandwich making items. From that point, and based on need, we then build the packages. For example, one packages has toiletries in addition to food items, and it’s for our family that is actually without an actual standard residence. In contrast, for our other family, which is a young mother and her daughter, we provide just food. She uses our services less frequently, because she works. Therefore, this time food is the main focus. Anyway, that’s the long and short of it. We are capable of doing 4 family packages a week, and our often faced with having to prioritize. Eventually, we would like to help 10 families on a monthly basis, and 5 on a weekly basis. Those 5 will usually be our friends who live out in the streets, and the 10 would be low income families that could just use a little extra relief. Well we hope that helps give some insight into other aspects of our organization, and we will certainly keep you updated on the progress of our Family Package Program! So with that said Peace, and May God continue to Bless UsAll!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
We hope you’re all well, and having a wonderfully blessed day! I hope you take a few minutes to read this post in its entirety. In my line of work, bartending, I’m blessed to meet all kinds of people, from every corner of the world, especially since I work in San Francisco! However, as great as that is, the connection I, no we, my wife, our team members, and myself make with the beautiful, yet embattled souls we serve every week in Vallejo, is far superior indeed. Even though it can be a trying endeavor at times, the rewards of trying to help those in need, far outweigh any negative incidents that might occur, from time to time. Today was a considerably magnificent day, because it was the culmination of so many great things that occurred during the week. Please allow me to share!
Last Saturday while we were out doing the Sack Lunch Program, our friend David contacted us to inform us the he was dropping of a donation of socks, and that they would be left on our front porch. As we returned home, we collected the socks, and we made a decision to make sure we would give everyone we encountered, a nice dry pair of socks and a disposable poncho for the run today. Shortly thereafter, I received a message from a friend in Texas named Paul, who said he felt inspired by us, so he was sending another donation socks to us, and that we could pick them up this week from a local market, so we chose to pick them up on Wednesday. Well Wednesday had rolled around and it was a particularly rainy day, so much so that my feet were soaking wet, along with my shoes, socks, and everything else I had on. You see, I didn’t have my umbrella, and I immediately thought of the miserable conditions our friends were being forced to contend with. Well wouldn’t you know that another angel emerged the very next day, with an amazing offer to donate umbrellas to us. After working out the details, my wife made the trip to Fairfield to retrieve the umbrellas. Much to her surprise, and eventually mine, the umbrellas turned out to be really nice, and not the small travel kind that we were expecting! Thanks Gurinder, because just like Paul and David, you came thru in the clutch, as do all of our donors. What makes this all so special, is the fact that Wednesday I was prepared to go to work to earn the money for the disposal ponchos, but the weather caused a power outage, and we were forced to close. We were suddenly faced with a budget issue, and just like that, we weren’t. Call it a miracle, or karma, in the end, we all know what’s up! 😇🙏🏾😉 The best part of it all, was seeing our friends faces, knowing that in addition to the socks, they were getting an umbrella that was very needed, but just as important, it was nice and it was new! Believe me when I say it does wonders for the psyche. We know that it’s not the best case scenario when combating the rain, but it’s hopefully not as bad as it was! 🙏🏾🤞🏾 Anyway, the rain pretty much held off til we were done with the Sack Lunch Program today, which is just another thing we will add to the gratitude column!! ❤️ It is truly a blessing to be able to work with others, to help others, and all you need is one sip of that koolaid, and I guarantee you, it’s a wrap!! 😉
In closing, we hope your evening is filled making memorable moments, and not just memories. Enjoy what you have with who you love, while you have time to do so. We’re all just one bad break, or poor choice from hard times, just ask our friends!! With that said, always remember to be kind to others, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,850 meals, including sack lunches, hot homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! 😌
We also want to thank all of our awesome donors, past, present, and future! We know we can’t do this without the support of others. As we like to say, liking us is lovely, but “sharing is caring”, so please help us spread the word!! 🙏🏾🤞🏾🤗
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We hope this day has found y’all doing well, or at least as well as can be expected. I truly hope you will read this post in its entirety. Admittedly, we usually give an update on our Sack Lunch Program the same day, however yesterday I had a crisis of conscience. So speaking only for myself, I started to have some doubts about our mission. I began to wonder if we have reached a point at which empathy has turned into enabling. I only say this, because we frequently encounter people who tend to forget or act as if they are the only ones in need, and instead of asking for what they need, they ask for what they see. For example, we take out clothing, and we try to spread the love to everyone on our route. We started our Family and Friends Program to address this very issue, because it allows us to track what we disburse, to who we disbursed it to, and when. So basically, I know if we’ve given you a jacket, and knowing this allows us to prioritize distribution of certain items more evenly. Basically, we can’t give the same person a jacket 2 weeks in a row, regardless of the reason, if there’s someone right there who we know has yet to receive one. It’s not perfect, but I hope you get the point. In addition, we are trying to ensure that we give everyone we encounter a lunch, and for the participants in the Family & Friends Program, we have extra sandwiches, waters, and snacks items available, if they want more. We do this to discourage people from feeling the need to be deceitful, just because they want more food. “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.” We’re not here to say “No”, but that doesn’t guarantee an automatic “Yes” to every request. Well yesterday was especially trying from the beginning, because it’s cold and it’s just damn near impossible to tell people “No” in the rain and cold. So I am learning, and it’s a continuous education to say the least, but I also realize you have to weigh the negatives with the positives. Well while we were at the library, an early stop in our run, I saw Mike again, and his presence reminded me of why we deal with the extra issues. You see Mike is a veteran, and if anything, there shouldn’t be any homeless veterans or children for so many reasons. When I saw Mike, who is a program participant, I offered him everything including his Blessing Bag( toiletries bag), he was thankful and said as much. But here’s the kicker, MIKE the HOMELESS VETERAN 🇺🇸reached in his bag, grabbed his Blessing Bag and handed it back to me. He said he had been blessed with toiletries, and that it needed to go to someone who needed it more. He then shook my hand and thanked me for my work. ”WOW!!” I immediately said, “I can only do what I do, because veterans such as yourself have fought and served to protect our freedoms to choose. I chose to do this Mike, it’s in my heart.” Then he gave me a hug!! A moment worthy of joyful tears. Just beautiful and reaffirming!! ❤️✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻🇺🇸 Mike, and others like Mike are why we will continue to work with everyone, including our friends who haven’t really grasped the idea that, we are gonna keep coming back every week, with the hopes of doing more and more to help them pull out of their circumstances, and eventually doing so on a daily basis. Facility one day!!🤞🏾So thanks Mike, because I spent all night figuring out how to get better at what we’re trying to accomplish, and you’ve shown me the value of staying the course!! We love all of our friends, and sometimes we must love them in spite of themselves, because that’s how my family loved and supported me in my time of personal peril, and you see where it’s gotten me!! ❤️🖤💚💛 Always give out, before you give up, especially if it’s family!! 🤗 So with that said, if you know what you’re doing is right, because it feels right, don’t lose faith, stay the course, and at some point you too will meet your metaphorical Mike and get your positive reaffirmation. When you do, you’ll know it, but what you do from that point on, is entirely up to you. As for me, rather us, we’ll see y’all in the streets next week “My Friends!” 😉
Well that’s all for now. I hope you all have a wonderful day with your families and friends. Please keep in mind that the homeless situation is bad and getting worse. We promise to do what we can, and we are ever mindful of not making a bad situation worse. Just know that it should never be acceptable to have Veterans being homeless, period. If there are any issues, from financial to mental, even criminal in some cases, they should all be addressed, because that’s who we are as a nation. And since we’re not doing our best, we need to step up our game to meet the challenge. Let’s stand up for our veterans who have laid the lives on the line for us back here at home. It’s the right thing to do, because it’s the only thing to do! So Peace , and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
“HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!”
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,730 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! Thanks to all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters! We will continue to do what we can as long as we can, but we need your support. At the very least, we ask that you help us spread our message of love and kindness. Like we say, “Liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!”🙏🏾🤞🏾
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“I love you more!” That’s what this gentleman told me after I told him, “I love you brother!!”, and as we gave him the last lunch. You couldn’t ask for anything more! As we set out today under the threat of rain, we weren’t too sure about how many people we would encounter, because in addition to the weather, it’s also the beginning of the month. However, we saw a lot of familiar faces and many new ones. This has been a trend as of late, with regards to the many new faces. Thankfully, the weather never got worse than a drizzle, and the entire operation went smoothly enough to finish in a mere 2 hours. (Usually it’s at least 3 1/2-4) Some of our old friends spoke of donating, and one, our friend Vic, actually did donate $10!! 🤗 Furthermore, we also got to check in with our friend Bryce, for whom we were able to help get a bike, due to the financial generosity of our donors. All in all, it was a great day of giving and receiving love!! ❤️🖤💚💛 A tribute to the concept I’ve dubbed the “Art of Reciprocity”. We hope that today is a wonderful day for not only our friends, but for you as well, because we have right here and right now to make significant changes or even efforts to make changes, because tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. Cherish the moment while you can!! Well other than that, unfortunately one of our signs came up missing, and I’m thinking it blew off! 🙄 So if you happen upon a big MLK HUMANITY PROJECT sign, please contact us and we will be more than happy to come retrieve it from you. If not, oh well, it’s a small to price to pay in the big scheme of things!! So on that note, please remember to tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t! Always try to be kind to others!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,610 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area! It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! ❤️
P.S.S. As always thank you to all of our donors, both past and present. We are always accepting the generosity it takes to keep us doing what we do. So remember that liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so please help us spread the word.🤞🏾You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram!😉
HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!! ✊🏾
“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US !!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
We will be announcing the name of a very special young person, by all accounts, to whom we will be gifting a donated, re-tuned and restrung, electric Yamaha guitar. In addition we will be providing a new starter amplifier and cable! Post-2/1/2019
Well it’s been a long time coming, but the moment has finally arrived for us to announce the recipient of this wonderful electric Yamaha guitar and amp. It has been a collaborative effort in every way, from receiving the guitar and getting it up to snuff, to actually finding someone to gift it to. Well in the end, one name came up more than a few times, so that’s who we ultimately decided to go with. So with that being said, it’s our distinct pleasure to announce that DONOVAN DAVIDSON of Vallejo, this guitar is yours, if you should so choose to accept it. We about love for guitars, his eagerness to not only practice every chance he has gets, and most importantly his willingness to teach others how to play. Above all else, it was his desire to help others grow, that made this decision an easy one. So to the parents of DONOVAN DAVIDSON and of course the young man himself, please contact us and we will work out the details of the exchange. (The when and where) We are also asking the Vallejo community that if you know of Donovan and his parents, please let he and them know that we have this guitar for him, as we have never met him before. This is totally being done sight unseen, based on the character references provided by very credible individuals who work tirelessly to help keep our youth moving forward in a positive and productive manner! So once again, if you know of and can reach DONOVAN DAVIDSON, please let him and his parents/guardian know that we would like to meet them and gift him this guitar! To say the least, we are super excited to see this through!! 🤗Other than that, have a wonderful day, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. If you have old instruments or things of that nature that are not being utilized by you, such as this guitar, we urge you to donate it to someone or an entity that can get as much joy out of it as you did. Pay it forward, and watch the positive karma come back to you tenfold!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. Should we not hear from Donovan by this time next week, we do have another individual in mind, and will make that announcement if necessary. 🤞🏾
“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US !!”🙏🏾
Well it was quite the day. Plenty of our MLK Family & Friends Program participants are starting to buy into the program, even as we are still in the process of tweaking it, as well as learning things on the fly. The whole point of the actual MLK Humanity Project is to empower others to empower themselves. By being completely open and honest about my life, poor choices and all, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to deal with our friends on a one on one basis, should they so choose to want to speak on their situation. It’s a very sobering reality to be in a position in my life to be the one to offer counsel to those that I seek it from someone who’s been there and done that. In this case with that someone being myself! Case in point, today we ran across our friend Jerry, and for the first time, he told us he was ready to get help. Now I’m gonna leave it at that, because he and I have agreed to meet up tomorrow to determine what’s the best course of action. I will most certainly keep y’all posted on what we decide, because we will certainly be turning to y’all for advice, and hopefully support!! Jerry is one of 2 such meetings I’m having tomorrow, and that’s the beautiful thing about this project, because it allows us to form true relationships with people who might otherwise not open up to strangers per say. To be very honest, I’m thrilled to know that after knowing of Jerry for over 16 months, we are finally getting to know Jerry, and that’s saying a lot. (If you know Jerry! 🤗) This will hopefully lead to great things for Jerry, as well as our friend Eric, as they turn the page in their books of life, to new and more promising chapters!! ❤️🤞🏾
Other than amazing day of fellowship and community outreach, we just we really met a lot of pets today!! Go figure! Our love is unconditional and all encompassing. We love life, and that includes our four legged friends!! (Even spiders!!🥺8 legs!🥺🙄) A life is a life, and all life has value!! Too much maybe, but it’s how I roll!! ✊🏾✌🏾&❤️So with that, we are off to do the grunt work, shopping, and we will see y’all next week in the streets of Vallejo!! So please enjoy the rest of your weekend! Tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t!! Always remember to be kind to others! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,510 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who no longer can!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. We want to thank the many people who do what they do to support us. From the donors to the volunteers!! It’s all for naught without the support that you provide us. We certainly appreciate all of kind words as well. However, we like to say that liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring!! So please help us spread the word. If you want to help and are unable to donate, then donate your good karma and share our message with those who you feel are likeminded individuals!l Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well!! Thank you!!!👍🏾
“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
I used to believe in good and bad luck, but not anymore. The word I think that’s most appropriate for what is termed as luck, is “Karma”! Things don’t always go well, just ask our friends, however, as I’ve grown to know the calming beauty of embracing inner peace, I know that your attitude, more often than not, is your latitude. No matter how bad it seems, if you delve into a negative frame of mind, you will eventually find yourself inundated with negative thoughts. Now thoughts lead to actions, and if they’re negative, one can only surmise that the results of negative actions are negative consequences. I can only use myself as an example, but when I decided to change my thinking, I inevitably decided to change my situation, and therefore my life. I would be lying if I said I weren’t two missed paychecks from being in a bad way, however I don’t focus on that. I focus on pushing it to 3 checks, then 4, then 5, and you probably get where this is going. The point we stress to our friends is that just because your situation is what it is now, doesn’t mean it has to be that way a year, a month, a week, or even a minute from now, because the minute you change your thinking, you change your life course. For example, today I met a guy who has been struggling with his addiction to alcohol. Immediately I felt sincere empathy for him, but not pity. I told him point blank, that I had my own struggles with alcohol for a myriad of reasons, and my drinking was the source of many problems, both legal and personal. Now no judge, no friends, and not even family members could convince me to change. I changed when I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. So I told the gentleman as much. Change, true change can only come from within, and as hard as it may be, he must stop making excuses and start making changes. It’s that simple. Sensing that he really needed to talk, I told him that unfortunately I had to go. We had to finish our program, but that if he wanted, we could talk over breakfast tomorrow. He accepted, and it’s my hope that he’s where we agreed to meet tomorrow morning at 10!🤞🏾 If not, I hope he really understands, as we all should, that no one person is better than the next. However, as individuals we must ask ourselves are we better than our situation, and if your answer to yourself is “yes”, then it is incumbent upon you the individual to change it. If you love you, then others will follow your lead!! ❤️🖤💚💛 With that said, we hope you have a wonderful day, and encourage you to treat yourselves and others well. And remember, it cost nothing to simply be kind, and a smile goes a long way!! On that note, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,370 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. Thank you to all of our donors. We were blessed by a few new and some return donors this week, and it was all right on time. We are always looking for support, however we will always do what we can, with whatever we have!! If you like us, it’s lovely, however, sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!! 🤗 We encourage you to follow us on Instagram and visit our website.
“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!”🙏🏾
Well the first day of the MLK Family and Friends Program is officially a done deal! To put it modestly, it was a success. We provided 100 sack lunches, and toiletries to everyone we encountered, but most importantly, we were able to implement a system which dealt with the disbursement of specific goods based on need, but also participation in a program designed to help one help oneself. It also allows us to learn more about our friends strengths and deficiencies, and most importantly, it allows us to learn their names, and build relationships. Seeing how smoothly things were going, without hesitation we had more people sign up for participation in the program next month already. To join the program, you must sign up the month before you begin to participate, which in turn allows us to get and maintain an accurate count by which we plan our entire run, with regards to how much product to prepare and take out. We are still in the early developmental stages of it, so I won’t go to far into detail, since change is inevitable. Other than that bit of news, it was also a very cold day, and it’s getting colder. We are officially out of blankets, as my wife and I had to go back out to give what few blankets we had left, including one of our comforters that was doing no one any good just sitting folded in the closet. With all that’s going on around us, like fires, and unnecessary Government Shutdowns, people are either finding themselves homeless, or on the brink of it, so don’t think you’re exempt from a bad turn. That’s why we think it’s important to help those who are just in a bad way, be it from self inflicted wounds, or the nefarious acts of others. Whatever the reason, we don’t judge. Our only requirement is that you are in need and want some help. For that reason, amongst many, it’s our mission to provide more services as we grow, but it’s a slow process, and one that takes due diligence, proper planning, and purposeful application. It’s my true belief that whatever community you live in, you should do your part to make it better, and do your part to build a sense of unity. It’s the only way to have a loving and thriving community. But hey I’m no Dr. Phil, it’s just my heartfelt opinion, and nothing more, but certainly nothing less. I know that as a race, not black, not white, not anything, just the Human Race, we are better than what we’re choosing to be. 🤔 Just a thought, so I hope you make the personal choice to get in the game of brotherly love!! ❤️🖤💚💛 So that said, have a great evening doing what makes you happy. Tell the ones you love that you love them. Always remember to be kind to others. And oh yeh, Peace and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P. S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,250 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can. So See you in the streets next Saturday Vallejo!!
P.S.S. Special thanks to all of our wonderful donors, volunteers, and supporters, past present, and future. The MLK Humanity Project is a true grassroots organization , and without the support of others, none of this would be happening. So again, “Thank you!!”🤗 As always, likening us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!! We aren’t shy about asking for help, so in addition to asking for your help to spread the word!!
Always fight the power and vote!! ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻
Well we made it just in the nick of time!! The rain held off long enough for us to pass out 100 sack lunches today, amongst other things, to our friends in need in the wonderful city of Vallejo!! That’s right, wonderful!!! As always, it was a beautiful experience, and there was plenty of need, however I was personally blessed to see so many people that I honestly thought were gone, and that’s not always gone in a good way. Though it is bittersweet to still see them struggling, it’s always nice to know that people are at least still alive and kicking, and still hanging in there. For instance, one of our friends had been out of pocket for months, and we were worried about him, just for him to tell me that he’s been busy working at his new job all this time!! Right on!! 👍🏾 All in all, for such a seemingly gloomy day, you couldn’t miss the light that was ever present, and you can interpret that any way you’d like! Today reminded me that what we do really does matter to the ones we help, and that’s enough for me. I won’t be long winded today, because it’s off to work for me. So with that said, have a wonderful rest of your day. Tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌See you in the streets next week Vallejo!!
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,130 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to empower others to empower themselves!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. We want to start the new year by acknowledging and thanking everyone who has helped, contributed, supported, and donated to our effort. Your collective contributions are greatly appreciated, and we thank you all tremendously!! We are also working on new website, so we encourage you to visit it and hopefully interact!!
Like we say, liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!! 🤞🏾🤗
“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Well it’s been an amazing adventure this past year, and what fitting end to it for our project. On a whim, we took a quick vote Saturday morning before our sack lunch program run, and decided that we would go out with oatmeal breakfasts and hot cocoa today, in addition to blankets and other extras. Now this was a multifaceted decision. First, we wanted to do something just because it would be nice on a cold day! Surprising our friends with a hot breakfast, along with fruit, waters, and most importantly hot cocoa, was a well received gesture by our friends. 😝 In addition to just being an act of kindness, it was also the fulfillment of a project goal. Initially, the idea of the project was to see where this would lead us, and by mid January of this year, we reached a total 1000+ meals, including sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages all served throughout the Vallejo area. Well after that, we decided to see if we could reach 10,000 meals, and if so when? Well it’s my bittersweet honor to say that we reached that goal, and today loaded up with 95 hot oatmeal breakfasts, we surpassed 10,000 meals served, bringing our grand total to 10,030 meals served throughout the Vallejo area. (We lost to oatmeal cups due to damage during transport 😐) We are determined to help those who want to help themselves, and those who no longer can!! Now that we know we can do it, it’s time to look towards 2019!! We will be taking a break to recoup, regroup, and get everything ready for our new program, starting Saturday 1/5/2019!! We have signed up 117 people, and we can’t wait to get it started. We will provide more in depth details, including the name of our program, next year prior to it’s official launch in a post on 1/3/2019!! 👍🏾
Now for a feel good moment. People often wonder what we do, or what’s the point. Well I’ll give you an example of the power of relationship building. Saturday while we were out serving sack lunches, we met a young Native American man at the library, who we will call “Vern”. Well as he accepted our offer of lunch and toiletries, he began to speak with one of our wonderful team members and awesome secretary, Melissa, who also happens to be Native American. Long story short, he found himself not working, and alone, having been abandoned by his partner. Now we will always try to reach out on behalf others , by trying to connect people with resources, we might otherwise not have. So it’s our pleasure to say that, thanks to Melissa taking the mantle on this one, that young man, “Vern”, is on a bus heading back home this very minute! “Thank you, secret Santa!!” 🙏🏾 That’s why it’s important for groups to work together, just ask “Vern”! The day will come when we won’t have to outsource that type of help, but thank God for the groups that can and are doing it right now! So that’s just some of what our organization tries to do, and will continue to whenever possible!! ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻
Anyway FB FAM, it’s been a wonderful year of service, and we couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of growing better and stronger, all with the goal of “EMPOWERING OTHERS TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES!!” See you all on January 5, 2019 in the streets of Vallejo, but until then we urge you to do the following things. Don’t forget to tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others!! Know your value!!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY XMAS, & HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! Thank you to everyone who helped us get through 2018!! We look forward to working together in 2019!! See y’all next year!!❤️💚🖤💛
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“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!” 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Always fight the power and vote!! ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻🇺🇸