Years End – Homeless Action Sonoma, Inc. (HAS)
It has been a crazy year complicated by COVID. We have had some failures and some successes.
Now for a day in the life.
Ted Nordquist and I work at the Redwood Empire Food Bank and we bring back food for a few people like Amber, who have a home but not a car. One evening I brought the boxes to her camper van, and she yells “come on in I’m cooking”. Gary was there, a homeless man who lives in his truck, an IHSS worker whose client died. I joined him on the bench and we all got talking, food is smelling great: Heather and Daniel arrive, squeeze in and without missing a beat Amber makes plates of food for everyone. It was the most lovely dinner I’ve had in a long time. Even squished and balancing plates on our knees. The feeling of family, food being valued, conversation was real and the food eaten with gratitude. It is not the size of your home: it’s the size of your heart!
What we have and what we need.
We now have a P.O. Box 482
We have an unfinished website you can look at hassonoma.org
We have a bank account.
We have applied for insurance.
We need winter shelter – once we have insurance we can get hotel vouchers and hand them out. It is an expensive way to go but better than letting people freeze to death. (although Jim told me if you stuff your clothes with newspaper is insulates pretty well.) You can’t rent a room without either a credit card or insurance, so giving out cash is nice but when it doesn’t go for a room don’t assume they are doing drugs instead.
We need someone to finish and maintain the website.
Need men’s coats, boots, shoes, socks. Sweatshirts, toothbrushes, shampoo, and handwarmers.
We need more mentors – the be-friend program is working well. We have matched four with four so far.
Need someones to sell the “Share Services” program. Form is on web site. Need to ask all professionals in town if they would take one client – pro bono – for a year. EX. A barber – one client for haircuts for a year. Restaurant – one person gets a meal once a week for a year. One doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc. To provide unattainable services to the needy and to form relationships.
Need office space in town. We have outgrown my house.
Need a truck for Ambers business that employs homeless.
Need someone to sell Bobs furniture.
Need someone who knows how to put pictures of Bobs furniture on the website.
And, Yes, we need money.
Need you all to have a very lovely and safe holidays.