Marin churches pull for year-round homeless shelter
May 10, 2016 - storage organizer
(Photo by Lidia Wasowicz/Catholic San Francisco)
Sophie Siepman, a fifth grader during St. Hilary School, hands new modify Sandra Clifford a signature label in support of a homeless preserve as her father Gregg Siepman looks on.
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May 10th, 2016
By Lidia Wasowicz
Eight years ago, as ice lonesome a belligerent and hypothermia cases swarming a puncture room, a now gone Vineyard Christian Fellowship of San Rafael set adult a temporary refuge to move some of Marin County’s homeless in from a cold.
Tired of watchful for that refuge to benefit a bound footing, a network of faith communities that over a years stretched a bid is pulling for a permanent preserve for group and women who have none.
Under a auspices of a nonprofit Marin Organizing Committee, 5 Catholic parishes and other churches, synagogues and nonprofits are entertainment signatures to lean domestic will in preference of a year-round, singular plcae for a Rotating Emergency Shelter Team famous as REST, that now offers 40 group and 20 women dinner, review and overnight accommodation Nov. 1 to May 1.
While a women eat and nap during a county-owned Health and Wellness Campus in San Rafael, a group bound aboard buses that lift them – along with bedding and other outfit – to a opposite site any night and collect them adult early a subsequent morning.
Last season, a stops enclosed 17 brotherhood halls widespread via a county.
The nightly rotations and daily storage of apparatus benefaction a logistical nightmare, pronounced Suzanne Walker, emissary executive of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County, that transports a guest after screening them for reserve and sobriety.
In further to a 17 horde congregations, 40 assisted by promulgation volunteers.
Ruth Ann Cowley, module conduct during St. Hilary in Tiburon, removed a “joyful” crawl of helpers even on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
“The Holy Father’s concentration on being of use to a many exposed has helped galvanize people here into reaching over their comfort zone,” pronounced pastor, Father William Brown.
In total, 2,000 adults and students from St. Hilary, St. Anselm in Ross, St. Rita in Fairfax, St. Raphael in San Rafael, Our Lady of Loretto in Novato and 52 other groups presented 20,000 dishes and their fraternisation to 102 women and 294 men.
At final count, 2015 total showed 1,300 homeless in one of America’s many abundant counties.
The 60 puncture beds sought by supporters would boost by a third a 179 now accessible by Homeward Bound, that operates Marin’s dual homeless shelters.
“I consider a permanent core is prolonged overdue,” pronounced Leticia Fish, executive of a Monday night preserve and cooking module for 4 years and parishioner for 39 during St. Rita, a member from a early days of REST, when it operated Dec. 15 to Mar 15. “We are one of a final counties and a richest that does not have a core in a Bay Area. It is shameful!”
The advocates wish to collect 6,000 signatures before a Jun 7 elections when 3 of 5 Board of Supervisors seats are adult for grabs.
While it does not validate candidates, “we do support issues,” pronounced Gail Dorph, a MOC personality and member of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon.
The petitions will denote to those in and using for bureau a public’s support for a permanent shelter, pronounced Anna Eng, lead organizer with MOC and a parent, a Bay Area section of a Industrial Areas Foundation, a nation’s oldest and largest network of village organizers.
“I consider it is a matter of probity that there is a permanent, yearlong home for REST,” pronounced Pat Langley, a personality in REST, MOC and St. Anselm, where she has been a parishioner for 35 years.
The lavishness and munificence of many residents yield Marin with “the ideal event to emanate a indication module of caring and reconstruction services for those many in need,” pronounced Beth Haran, in assign of feeding a inspired during St. Raphael, her bishopric given 1952, that sends volunteers any Friday to prepare for and eat with a REST women.
Parochial vicar Father Roger Gustafson pronounced he launched a signature expostulate during St. Hilary as a petrify instance of amicable justice, that many Catholics destroy to compute from gift even yet a church calls for both.
From May 12, 2016 emanate of Catholic San Francisco.