Local church extends homeless assistance to Southside area – Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California 2021-08-20 15:10:10 –

Located on W Street, this homeless camp is one of many camps with border streets in Sacramento.
Photo by Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

An ongoing project of a local church to help homeless people in Sacramento was recently featured at a homeless camp along W Street in the city’s southside area.
A group of male members of the Capital Christian Center wore blue T-shirts with the word “Capital Dream Team” and the acronym CCC, and carried bags and boxes containing food and other essentials from the car to the camp. ..
The Capital Christian Center is a long-running Sacramento Church in the Rosemont area near Highway 50 and Blood Show Road.
The church’s efforts to bring food, clothing and other necessities to Sacramento’s homeless camps were established by a group of men in the church known as men in the capital.
Michael Paschenko, one of the coordinators of the Church’s Homeless Assistance Program, told the publication that the group’s delivery was an extension of the Church’s larger food assistance program for the homeless.
“We put together about 200 bags of food for people to drive through, and when they pass through, they are COVID (-19) compliant, wear masks, etc. and (volunteers) 2 Hand over a bag of food. To each car that passed. And it was Sunday (held). And now we are continuing it and increasing the number of bags. “
The group recently handed out 200 bags of essentials on the church grounds and distributed additional food and other items directly to the homeless camp.
Delivery of “Tent City” is made by Capital Men on the 4th Sunday of every month.
These delivery areas now extend from the Rosemont area to the homeless camp opposite Southside Park, but Paschenko said the church hopes to eventually extend deliveries to other nearby areas. rice field.
“As long as we hand out the grocery bags we (have), take the time,” he said.
According to Paschenko, grocery and other essentials bags have additional clothing, shoes and toiletries available.
Members of Capital Men not only deliver food and other necessities to those who are experiencing homelessness, but also pray with them and listen to their personal stories.
When talking about people living on the street, Paschenco said that one of the most important things they want is an address where they can apply for a job and a house where they can lie down comfortably at night. rice field.
He also said that many homeless people are ill, dependent, and have no way of getting professional help.
“They are on the street and just survive,” Paschenko said.
Paschenko said the church’s efforts to help the city’s homeless are not new.
“It started in the (church) winter sanctuary (2012),” he said. “During the winter, when (Sacramento) County ran out of space to accommodate them, it allowed the homeless to be busted to our church for a week or two at a time as an overflow.”
As part of that program, during those winter nights, the church gymnasium was opened in the bedroom and a table was set up to feed the homeless. Before going to bed at night, many screened movies and others played games.
Each morning, the group woke up at 5am and was served a takeaway breakfast before being returned to Loaves and Fishes, a longtime homeless provider on North C Street.
When the church began its food ration program, CCC Chief Rev. Rick Cole was part of a county program that integrated more than 30 churches to help local homeless people.
Cole lived with homeless people in Sacramento for two weeks in 2014 to raise awareness and funding for the Winter Sanctuary Program.
Capital Christian Center’s involvement in the Winter Sanctuary continued for several years before funding became an issue.
Paschenko said in the treatise that the program could be reintroduced, but is not currently an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that almost all homeless people assisted by his church are very grateful for their assistance.
“They are very grateful,” he said. “They feel invisible. No one sees them, they just walk by them. They stop and don’t talk to them. They cross the street to avoid them. Cross the road by going. They are not looking at them.
“So they are everyday people like you and I. They have experienced some difficulties, and some of them are brand new on the street and they are learning (about their lifestyle). . “
Paschenko said some of the homeless people served by Capital Men expressed surprise in the kindness of these volunteers.
“(They were impressed) the fact that it takes time for us to go to the desolate area where their tents are located, and we take the time to recognize them, The fact that we help with food and clothing. We have found areas that are as desolate as we first visited (visited) them.
“Explain how grateful they are to come to them, recognize them, tell them that they are valued, and let them know that we love them. I can’t even do that, and that’s why we’re here. “

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