After reading stories about homelessness written by Brooke Borba in the Patterson Irrigator, I would like to correct your readers’ perception of this issue.
Trust in Jesus Cuisine serves lunch to the hungry in North Park six-days-a-week. The Salvation Army named this organization the emergency food service on the Westside.
Members of many Patterson churches cook and serve lunch to the hungry in North Park through this food program. Host (Helping Others Sleep Tonight), provides a hot meal one Saturday a month to stay connected to the homeless.
Not all of the hungry people served at the park are homeless. Trust in Jesus Cuisine also serves families whose income decreased because of a health crisis or a job loss. These families are trying to prevent foreclosure. Of all the people served lunch in North Park, only a few are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.
However, I realize that officer Vento tends to see those who cause problems. He doesn’t see the law-abiding persons sleeping on a friend’s couch or in his car while job hunting each day.
Homelessness is on the rise in most California cities because our weather enables most healthy people to sleep outdoors. The causes of homelessness are unique to each, such as loss of a job, health problems, divorce, and ending up in foreclosure.
In Patterson alone, employees of the Frozen Foods Company, Ace Hardware and a grocery store lots jobs in 2013.
Jesus tells us to feed the hungry (Matt: 25). Those of us who are followers of Jesus can’t ignore this need.
Since Patterson residents have a caring heart, please think about ways we can help the hungry pull out of poverty and regain their independence.
Coordinator, Trust in Jesus Cuisine
Member of HOST board