By Mike Justice, Executive Director of Our Daily Bread Ministries – October 27, 2016 –
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, I posted that our local government needs an overhaul, both City and County and here is why.
For the last 10 years, I have personally been taking care of the poor and homeless people in our City and County and being told, “We do not have a problem.” NO ONE wants to admit we have a serious problem except for Donna Westfall who has encouraged and supported us.
Now there is a ad hoc group that meets to find a solution to this problem and ODBM was not even invited! A customer came to ODBM and told me about this meeting. So, I went and was literally blown away by all that I saw chairing this meeting and attending this meeting. David Finigan has to go. Get him off of the Board of Supervisors because he and the others are the same people I’ve been trying to talk to for 10 years trying to obtain funding for ODBM to be a rescue mission.
I found out that there is all this money we can get to build this complex. That it will only be for the acute homeless. This means it will only help about 20 people out of 650 people. This is nuts!
There needs to be a place for those people who have been homeless for over 15 years. And they’re not interested in a place to stay with stipulated mandatory rehab or mental health evaluation. We have been working with the vets and chronic homeless with a PROMISE of a program where they can get off the streets, eat three hot meals a day, new clothing and a place off the streets for a year.
Guess how many took us up on our offer in ten years?
That’s how many we found. The ones who did accept that kind of help were the folks who had been homeless for one to three years.
How many were sent to these programs?
20. That’s how many with about 10 who completed it successfully.
What really makes sense is a rescue mission where we are currently located: 1135 Harrold Street. It’s already been zoned.
We need about $15,000 to complete this and about $25,000 a year to fund it. I’ve presented this to our Board of Supervisors to no avail. We can’t even get a Thank You or Good Job.
Thank God that’s not important to us but funny how our State Senator, Mike McGuire, was so kind to send our ODBM a Thank you for all our efforts, and I want to share that with all of our supporters.
Thank you all. Please help us to see a rescue mission completed in our beautiful community.