As We Come To End Of Febuary, We Look At A Place Located In The Heart Of Los Angeles, California. As Most Of You Know  Los Angeles, CA Is A Very Diverese City With Some Of The World Famous And Some Of The World’s Down And Out People. There Are Rich Folks And Poor Folks, And Then There Are Found Folks And Lost Folks. Only One Thing Comes To Mind When It Comes To Bringing These Folks Together, And That Is The St. Francis Center Placed Right On Hope Street. Sounds Fitting, Doesn’t It? They Are Located At 1835 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

“St. Francis Center provides a range of services to thousands of homeless and near homeless adults and children. We are a primary source of food and nutrition for people who are hungry. We are the only social service agency of our type in these neighborhoods and we need you to help this community!”http://www.sfcla.org

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So We’re Heading Back To My Home State Today, Except We’re Heading North. Rochester, New York Is Home To Not Only A Pretty Good American Hockey League Team Known As The Rochester Americans, But Also Home To The Open Door Mission. The Open Door Mission Provides A Soup Kitchen, Some Ministry And A Homeless Shelter Those Less Fortunate In And Around The Rochester Area. They Are Located At P.O. Box 14236, Rochester, NY 14608.

The Open Door Mission, Inc. of Rochester, New York is a not-for-profit ministry, founded in prayer, to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the last, the least, and the lost of our community prompted through the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is supported by the continuing prayer and contributions of others“. – From http://www.opendoormission.org

Ahhh How Wonderful A Number, The Above Mentioned Said Reference Is. But For What Charitable Cause Shall We Direct Our 57th Toward? Shall We Spotlight As Is Tradition, A Shelter? Should We Switch Things Up A Bit With A Down Home Soup Kitchen? The Answer My Friends And Readers Comes To Us From…Grand Rapids, Michigan And A Place Called Mel Trotters. Mel Trotters Is One Of The Most Complex And One Of The Oldest Soup Kitchens And Ministries In The Country. They Are Located At 225 Commerce, SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Mel Trotter Ministries provides shelter, food, clothing, education, biblical studies, computer-based learning, and work training and experience for men and women in need throughout our community. To help those with drug and alcohol addictions, we also offer a state-licensed substance abuse recovery program“. – From http://www.meltrotter.org

With Open Arms, And An Open Heart I Ask That You Go Ahead And Embrace Our Next Shelter Spotlight Profile. Coming In At Number 56 Is “Ruth’s Place” Located Deep In Scranton, Pennsylvania. Headed Up By Dr. William Bolan, Ruth’s Place Strives To Be One Of The Most Welcoming And Unique Facilities To Those Less Fortunate In And Around The Scranton – Wilkes-Barre Area. They Are Located At P.O. Box 254, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.

Since 2003, Ruth’s Place has provided shelter and services for over 600 homeless women in the city of Wilkes-Barre.  The shelter recently moved to a new site in the North End, located off  Butler St. between Pennsylvania Ave. and Wilkes-Barre Blvd. (Rear 425 N. Pennsylvania Ave.).  This nonprofit organization needs your help to continue giving women the assistance they need to find permanent housing. Please read below to find out how you can help“. 

Whenever I Think Of The Number 5, That “5 Dollar Footlong” Jingle From Subway Comes To Mind, But All Kidding Aside We’re Here At Another Mini Milestone, With Shelter Spotlight #55. That Means We Are Oh, 45 Shelter Spotlights Away From #100 (Which Between Me & You Is Gunna Be Huge !!!). Tonight, My Dear Friends & Readers, We Embark To A Place That’s Much Warmer Than The Approaching Snow Storm, Headed For The East Coast (Yet, Again!), That Place Is Fargo, North Dakota. In The Center Of Fargo, North Dakota Lies The New Life Center, Which Provides Shelter, Warmth And Open Hearts To Those Who May Be Less Fortunate.  The New Life Center Is Located At 1902 3rd Avenue North, Fargo, North Dakota 58107.

It takes years for most people to find themselves in a homeless situation, and their problems are not solved within a certain set timeframe. This is why there isn’t a time limit for a stay at the New Life Center. For some, a lengthy stay at the Center might be the high water mark at this point and time in their lives. Others may find employment and be on the road to self-sufficiency in a matter of weeks. Many individuals who enter our Recovery Program find that an extended period of treatment for life controlling substances is what’s required for victory over their addictions. Mental health services for people who’ve been living on the street for an extended period of time in a survival mode provide the assurance that they won’t be turned away on a certain date on the calendar. The veteran’s who find themselves living at the Center have our pledge that they can stay however long it takes for them to receive the help they need. These services, plus the underlying support of a Christian staff, are what has made the difference in the lives of literally tens of thousands of homeless men, women and children since the inception of the “mission” in 1907“. – From Their Website – http://www.fargonlc.org

Do We Stay Pacific Or Shall We Come Back Atlantic? Do We Go A Little North Or Keep Warm In The South? I’m Thinking We Stick To West And See If We Know The Way To San Jose. Located In The Heart Of San Jose, California Isn’t Just A Hockey Team Called The Sharks, But Rather A Homeless Shelter Called – Family Supportive House, Inc. The Folks At Family Supportive House, Are Doing An Amazing Job, And I Think We Should Give Them A Hand. One Of Their Most Recent Projects Was Something Called “Fit Body Boot Camp”, Where For $25 Folks To Get In Shape And Help An Amazing Cause. Family Supportive House, Inc. Is Located At 1590 Las Plumas Avenue, San Jose, CA 95133.

Families with children represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, constituting approximately 40% of people who become homeless. Over 70 percent of the residents at the Shelter are children and most are under the age of ten“. – http://www.sjfamilyshelter.org/ 

While Writing Tonights Shelter Spotlight One Word Came To Mind; The Word Dignity. Everyone Says Dignity Is Something We Should Live With And Die With, It’s An Element Of Humanity And An Element Of Peace. Keeping Dignity In Mind, We Set Our Focus On St. Vincent de Paul Village And Their Efforts To Erase Homelessness In The San Diego Area. The St. Vincent de Paul Village Is Located At 3350 E Street, San Diego, CA 92102.

“Every family and individual in need deserves to be treated with dignity. From a family struggling to make ends meet to a veteran who feels alone, or a battered woman fleeing domestic violence, we provide the personal support and essential care each person deserves. Our mission is to do more than alleviate someone’s problems – we want them to build the skills and self-confidence that leads to success. St. Vincent de Paul Village helps people replace a sense of despair with a sense of dignity and hope”. – From http://www.svdpv.org