In response to Lawrence Cline, I thought I’d fill in the community about what has happened behind the scenes. We met with the city and police in May to discuss the North Park problems. We agreed to not serve the poor at North Park. We decided to move lunches to three different places to discourage loitering. Each place is left clean after the lunch. We have two volunteers meeting with them once a week, offering assistance to those trying to pull themselves off the streets. It takes time.
When I drive past North and South Parks, they have been looking much better. Just to make sure, I visited the North Park Monday morning. I saw no trash, found clean restrooms and noticed two children playing on the playground. I visited with the Mom, asking if she noticed any problems. She said they had been there about two hours, and all was peaceful. In the perimeter I saw a few homeless resting in the shade. After all, this is a public park for all of Patterson to enjoy.
One thing I do agree with Mr. Cline on is that we desperately need donations to enable H.O.S.T. to supply the overnight services that will speed up the efforts of the homeless to earn a home.
Claudia Smith | Coordinator Trust in Jesus Cuisine, H.O.S.T. board member