” This was a really cool night and a great opportunity to come out and help people in need when they need it. There were so many people who were grateful even for just a little thing.”
First time volunteer, Xavier, came to Streets of Hope Monday night with other students from the Black Resource Center (BRC) of San Diego State University (SDSU).
Yesterday, they participated in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and wanted to follow Dr. King’s example by also being of service.
Ignoring threats of a downpour, The BRC group marched 7 blocks from Smart & Final (15th & G) to San Diego Central Library where a large community of homeless neighbors were gathered.
Their personalities started to show as we walked.
Diante (also a writer) joked that he wouldn’t be writing tonights story. Another two picked up a rap about delivering “PB&J to 14&K.”
Carrying paper bags, BRC students made new homeless friends offering PB&J sandwiches, water bottles, and prayer.
The impressively large turnout on this cold, rainy day, let our homeless neighbors know they matter.
Rain or shine
When it rains, additional resources are key. Many homeless neighbors are still without tents or warm blankets. Others do have tents that are not waterproof.
Small donations make a difference and so do community organizations. Like The Church of Nazarene Living Water, who graciously opened up space for 28 people to stay warm and dry tonight.
The best part of the night, BRC Director, Brandon Gamble, commented, was watching the students really get engaged. They plan to do at least one volunteer night per month with either Streets of Hope or different community organizations.
If your group is interested in joining an upcoming Monday night, contact us here. We’d love to meet you!