Well it was the end of the month, and it was extra busy, but that was to be expected. We saw lots of new faces, as well as new encampments which are deeply entrenched in the brush areas around the city of Vallejo. It’s becoming a challenge to keep our friends hopeful, because the resources simply aren’t there in the ways they need to be. We were able to run our program effectively yesterday, however we will have to up the meal count, due to a consistent rise in numbers of faces, mostly transient. We were able to sign up a lot of people for our program and it will serve to give us the information needed to be best prepared for the lunch runs on Saturdays. We will be actively seeking support in the form of donations, both financial and products, and volunteerism. Until then, we will certainly stay the course, as we try our best to send a message that resonates with our friends, because it’s only getting worse, and we can’t stand by and just let it happen. So see you in the streets of Vallejo next week!
Every now and then, we have a day that is very low key, and for all accounts pretty non eventful. Well this past Saturday was one of those days. There were plenty of people to serve, and every face was an appreciative one. We met some new people, and we saw some old faces, that quite frankly we were beginning to worry about. We also met even more new little furry friends, and as always the ladies showered them with love. It is truly amazing to see how the pets have come around and opened their hearts up to us. It speaks to the message of building relationships to effectuate change! Next Saturday we will be ready to serve our friends, and we will certainly keep sharing and spreading a message of hope and love. The hope is to inspire our friends to get reengaged in their own efforts to better their situations and move into a realm of the self sufficient. We love them and we know they can do it with or without us, however when their is a support group, the struggle is less burdensome and more easily overcome! See you in the streets of Vallejo next week!!
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It’s been an incredibly solid start to the MLK FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM. With this past Saturday being the day that the rules would be adhered to 100%, we expected some difficulties with regards to people not having their membership cards. However, it was quite the opposite. We had quite a few people who did have their cards, and they were able to reap the full benefits of participation in the new program. Those who didn’t have their cards, or those who have yet to enroll, were unable to receive the extras they come with the program, but they were still able to receive a lunch, a toiletry bag, Bombas socks, and a prescription discount card, courtesy Pippen Dew, Vice Mayor of Vallejo. All in all it was a rather smooth and efficient run. We finished the day with the delivery of some items to one of our families, and were back to home base by 12:30.
We anticipate the interaction of program participants to increase as people start to see the benefits from being enrolled. Regardless of participation or not, out program I’d designed to help anyone, and the amount of help we give is predicated in the willingness of the participants to get engaged in their own emotional, financial, and situational recovery. Some of our friends are far too gone to assimilate back into the main vein of society without permanent assistance, and we are actively looking for ways to help them as well. Eventually, professionals would have to step in, as we don’t ya e all the resources required to sustain a lifelong commitment to our friends just yet!
I’m closing we hope that you will find it in your heart to give, and ask that you consider doing so, and if not to us, then to a group you seem worthy of supporting! Other than that, ha e a wonderful week, and we will see you in the streets of Vallejo next Saturday morning!!
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On such a beautiful holiday weekend in the Bay, one couldn’t ask for more perfect weather. As we went out yesterday, it was clear that it was gonna be a special day. As it would turn out, it was special for many reasons, but above all others, we saw a bunch of furry friends in need. Thankfully we were amply prepared to meet the demand. With so many factors playing a key role in the success or failure of a person to stabilize, cope, and rebuild, animals are key and integral. They provide our friends with comfort, companionship, and love, all of which are mutual and reciprocal! Since it was and still is the holiday weekend, as well as being the first Saturday after the 1st of the month, we really didn’t anticipate a lot of activity, so it really was unusual to encounter as many people as we did.
We are extremely excited about the official start of the MLK FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM next Saturday, an have been patiently preparing to roll it out fully. We expect more faces as we will be approaching the middle of the month, so it should serve as a good initial barometer for what to expect with regards to actual participation. Anyway, we will certainly let y’all know how things go. So, have a great week, and we will see y’all in the streets if Vallejo, CA next week!!
P.S. Special thank you to the awesome lady who stopped to give us a $10 cash donation. We will certainly put it to good use. 🤗
Well it’s Sunday, and that means we have once again been out to help our brothers and sisters in need, living in the streets of Vallejo. Without fail, the anticipation was great, because the end of the month is here, and that means little to no funds left for anyone we serve. With that thought in mind, we made sure to have extra sandwiches available for those who requested a little bit more. It turned out to be a wise move. Thankfully we were able to give without any worries of having enough to accommodate the needs of our recipients. We will continuously rework the way we operate, as the needs we encounter change. All in all, yesterday was quiet, yet active. Most people we saw, were a bit more tucked into the shadows and away from the drama that they usually encounter on a regular basis. The knowledge that we are coming out at the same time, on the same day, has made it possible to effectively coordinate and distribute our goods and services in a expeditious manner! Again, we will adapt to our situation, just as we encourage our friends to do. Adapt, learn, and grow! That’s the name of the game. Change from within, ultimately causes change abroad!! Just saying! Anyway, with that said, have a wonderful day, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
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It’s Sunday morning, and it’s been quite the whirlwind weekend for the project. We started off the weekend as the beneficiaries of the proceeds to be collected from the Vallejo Pride Masquerade Ball. Proceeds we will receive next week, and that will have an immediate impact in the lives of the people we serve. With that positive energy, we turned right around and hit the streets of Vallejo with 100 sack lunches, toiletries, and much more. We also continued to sign up people interested in joining to our MLK FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM!! To say the least, we are excited to get the program, with all of its advantages and incentives, going at full capacity. From here on out, we will have open enrollment once a month, on every third Saturday. With that being said, we signed up 10 more people, one family, and distributed cards to those who have already signed up.
The he most important thing is that we are able to consistently maintain our level of service and the standards we have imposed on ourselves. Dignity is the name of this game, and we want to reassure our friends that it’s theirs to demand, and even more so, theirs to maintain! This program will help us to establish more personal and trusting bonds with those we serve, and that is how our words of hope and our actions will resonate better, because they will be better received. It will be a constant work in progress, because better can always be improved upon.
Last but certainly not least, we are trying to help our friends take care of their furry friends, really more like furry family members, by providing pet products, including food, water, meds, and accessories like collars, leashes, etc... We are very in touch with our love for animals here at the project, and short of being vegans, though some of the team are, we definitely believe in responsible and loving pet care. These pets provide companionship, loyalty, and mostly love. They give it, and they encourage our friends to provide it. Empowering the empathy they have within themselves for life, both man and animal.
All in all, yesterday was like every other day of service, it was a gift and a blessing, for our friends and ourselves. We look forward to getting out next weekend and getting this program moving. So we will see you in the streets of Vallejo next Saturday morning!!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
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For starters, it was finally a cool day in the Bay, for the second day in a row! However, we still had work to do. With the childhood memory of my father giving a man, a stranger, the jacket off of his back, I was extra inspired to do what my father taught me many years ago! Simply stated, he taught me to be kind, compassionate, and most of all giving to those in need, if and when I could. As a small team, we went out into the the streets of Vallejo, CA to try and make a similar impact on people, both young and old. We found many people in need, yet very grateful for the thought of being thought about. We were able to provide everyone already involved with the program and those wishing to join the FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM, with a lunch, a pair of BOMBAS SOCKS, toiletry bags from Project Blessing Bags, extra snacks, and most importantly, LOVE! We met a new little buddy, and we are ready to be there to help him and his young parents. Along with our friends, we also were able to help out our furry friends with dog food, water, and accessories! All in all it was a great day to be of service, as it is everyday! We will see y’all next week, so until then, Peace and God Bless!!
Well it’s Sunday, so that means Saturday has once again come and gone, and what a day it turned out to be. It was the beginning of what promises to be a hot summer season in Vallejo. We had to go to a secondary plan in addition to our root. We located our friends trying to escape the heat in places not typical to our route. However, it was well worth it. We gave everyone an extra water, in most cases, and in some cases an extra lunch. The gratitude was met with words of love and empowerment. After we completed what was a successful lunch run, we immediately turned our focus to our town meeting to address grave and serious concerns about the Vallejo Police Department and their practices. It turned out to be an extremely educational experience. We look forward to finding solutions to our policing situations in conjunction with those who truly care to seek solutions! Til then, we will continue our mission to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!!!
It’s Sunday morning, and a new day is once again upon us. Yesterday we officially started the full implementation of our new FAMILY & FRIENDS PROGRAM, and it was a success by all accounts. It was a very smooth process, with a few minor bumps, but smooth nonetheless. It’s safe to say that it was a much quieter day than normal, due to the fact that there weren’t concentrated groups of individuals, just many smaller groups of 2-3 and lots of individuals who were simply by themselves. This is all largely attributed to the fact that it’s the beginning of the month and funds are readily available. It’s this time when people are able to get a room for a few days, and find some semblance of normalcy. It’s when people are able to shower, and that’s paramount with regards to self esteem. Anyway, for those we did see, we were able to pass out Bombas Socks, toiletry bags, pet food and products, books, and much more. As usual, in the end it was another beautiful day of service. With so much happening behind the scenes, we are trying our best to help not only our friends, but our city as well. We will certainly keep y’all posted on the progress of project programs and programs still in the conceptual stages. Til that time comes, remember to be thankful for what you have, not resentful for what you don’t. So as always Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
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Eureka!!! From all indications, the concept of joining the MLKHP Family & Friends Program is catching on!! We had a successful day of service in Vallejo today. We signed up many more new participants, as well as distributed cards to those who have already enrolled!! Next week we will go LIVE, so to speak, as we will initiate the program with everything that comes with it, especially rules! We our do excited to get our friends involved and invested more in themselves. It’s hard to focus on “B” when you’re just trying to get through “A”. However, we are emphasizing the need to multitask, and work both on their situations and themselves. The two certainly go hand in hand! 😉
Today was extremely tough in our hearts, because one of the families we help, is really struggling. They have two baby girls, and they need so much, especially clothing. Now this family does everything we ask, or as much as possible since they depend on wi-fi to operate their phones, and they stay in touch. We they reached out this morning, and we met them while we were out. And like every time we see them, those baby girls are always excited, because they know that they are about to get a meal, and a whole lot of love, plus the toys we give out from time to time don’t hurt either. Anyway, we are asking anyone who is interested in donating clothes to these babies to please contact us ASAP!! Thank you!!
All in all it was a beautiful day, and I can’t wait to see how beautiful tomorrow will be!! So see y’all next week in the streets of Vallejo, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
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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!
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”SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
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!!” 🤞🏾😉
”SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
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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”SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
“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!
We always like to say that liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!! 🤞🏾🤗
”SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
The MLK Humanity Project is an inclusive community organization devoted to the well being and empowerment of our homeless and less fortunate residents.