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

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

Just Sitting Here Watching Team USA Whip Canada 5-3, It Dawned On Me, Why Not Do A Canadian Version Of Shelter Spotlight, And With That Lightbulb Comes Great News. Starting June 1st 2010, Hatter And Beanz Will Be Launching A Canadian Brand And Themed Version Of Our Current Blog Here In The United States For Our Readers In Canada. Keep An Eye Out Folks !!!

Moving Forward To Tonight’s Feature. We Travel Each Day High And Low Search The Depths Of Google And Ask.com, And We Make Sure Our Featured Shelters And Soup Kitchens Are Reliable. Tonight We Have Found Another Impressive Operation. Based In Salt Lake City, Utah The Road Home Offers Up An Oppurtunity Like No Other. With A Wide Array Of Programs For The Less Fortunate In And Around The Salt Lake City Area, The Road Home Completes The Transitional Journey From The Streets To A Well Established Home. They Are Located At 210 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.

The Road Home provides support and shelter for overcoming homelessness. We have a wide variety of programs that provide services to people. The Road Home operates out of The Salt Lake Community Shelter, the largest homeless shelter in Utah. We begin by providing people with basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter, while immediately working with them to develop a plan for housing. Our programs are designed to connect people with resources and help integrate them back into the community“. – From Their Website – http://www.theroadhome.org

Hey Readers And Fans !!! I Just Wanted To Say Thank You For Supporting Hatter & Beanz During Our First Full Month Being Published. It’s Been One Heck Of Journey, And As We Move Forward I’d Ask That All Of You Comment On The Blog Itself From Time To Time. We’ve Had Some Great Posts And Awesome Highlights, And We Look Forward To Providing As Much Detail As Possible Regarding The Ways You Can Give Back. That Being Said I’ve List All The Soup Kitchens We’ve Featured And Not Only Their Links But The Blog Post Links For Reference As Well. Enjoy Your Day.

  1. Jan. 1st 2010 – Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen – Huntsville, AL – Shelter Spotlight #1
  2. Jan. 2nd 2010 – The Queens Galley – Kingston, NY – Shelter Spotlight #2
  3. Jan. 3rd 2010 – Monroe Community Kitchen – Bloomington, IN – Shelter Spotlight #3
  4. Jan. 4th 2010 – The Seeds Of Hope Food Pantry– Parma Heights, OH – Shelter Spotlight #4
  5. Jan. 5th 2010 – Open Door Community – Atlanta, GA – Shelter Spotlight #5
  6. Jan. 6th 2010 – The Hoboken Shelter – Hoboken, NJ – Shelter Spotlight #6
  7. Jan. 7th 2010 – The Healing Place – Louisville, KY – Shelter Spotlight #7
  8. Jan. 8th 2010 – Homestead Soup Kitchen – Homestead, FL – Shelter Spotlight #8
  9. Jan. 9th 2010 – Cathedral Kitchen – Camden, NJ – Shelter Spotlight #9
  10. Jan. 10th 2010 – Jubilee Women’s Center – Seattle, WA – Shelter Spotlight #10
  11. Jan. 11th 2010 – The Alpha Project – San Diego, CA – Shelter Spotlight #11
  12. Jan. 12th 2010 – The Nasua Soup Kitchen – Nashua, NH – Shelter Spotlight #12
  13. Jan. 13th 2010 – The Shepherds Table – Raleigh, NC – Shelter Spotlight #13
  14. Jan. 14th 2010 – The Capuchin Soup Kitchen – Detroit, MI – Shelter Spotlight #14
  15. Jan. 15th 2010 – St. Matthew’s House – South Naples, FL – Shelter Spotlight #15
  16. Jan. 16th 2010 – City Union Mission – Kansas City, MO – Shelter Spotlight #16
  17. Jan. 17th 2010 – Bethlehem House – Conway, AR – Shelter Spotlight #17
  18. Jan. 18th 2010 – UMOM New Day Center – Mesa, AZ – Shelter Spotlight #18
  19. Jan. 19th 2010 – Catholic Charities – Alexandria, VA – Shelter Spotlight #19
  20. Jan. 20th 2010 – Pauls Place – Baltimore, MD – Shelter Spotlight #20
  21. Jan. 21st 2010 – Someone Cares Kitchen – Costa Mesa, CA – Shelter Spotlight #21
  22. Jan. 22nd 2010 – Muncie Mission – Muncie, IN – Shelter Spotlight #22
  23. Jan. 23rd 2010 – Open Pantry Community – Springfield, MA – Shelter Spotlight #23
  24. Jan. 24th 2010 – The Samaritan Inn – McKinney, TX – Shelter Spotlight #24
  25. Jan. 25th 2010 – Holy Family Church – Columbus, OH – Shelter Spotlight #25
  26. Jan. 26th 2010 – Poverello Center – Missoula, MT – Shelter Spotlight #26
  27. Jan. 27th 2010 – El Caldito Soup Kitchen – Las Cruces, NM – Shelter Spotlight #27
  28. Jan. 28th 2010 – Idaho Falls COC – Idaho Falls, ID – Shelter Spotlight #28
  29. Jan. 29th 2010 – St. Lukes Church – New York, NY – Shelter Spotlight #29
  30. Jan. 30th 2010 – The Potters Wheel – Evansville, IN – Shelter Spotlight #30
  31. Jan. 31st 2010 – Bread Of Life – Augusta, ME – Shelter Spotlight #31

Have Fun Catching Up With Our Previous Posts. Enjoy Your Week Folks !!!

Hey Folks !!! I’ve Got Some Good News, The Weekend Is Almost Here, And We’re Heading West Once Again. Today We’re Pulling Up To A Place many Of You Have Heard Of, And If You Haven’t You Should Stop In And Tell Them Hatter & Beanz Sent You. They’ll Love The Company, And I’m Pretty Sure You’ll Get Satisfaction Lending Your Helping Hands. There’s A Place In Costa Mesa, CA Called Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, And They Certainly Care Not Only About The Homeless Hungry In Costa Mesa But In The Surrounding Areas As Well. They Are Located At 720 West 19th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

“Our mission is simple: To feed a daily nutritional meal to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the mentally challenged, the physically challenged, the senior citizens and most important of all – the children. We provide this meal to our guests in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere. Our belief is that no one should go to bed hungry, on the street or otherwise. The Soup Kitchen provides a nutritional and tasteful meal to the less fortunate in our community. A meal that we would be proud to serve our family at home. A well-balanced meal made fresh daily consisting of vegetable soup, lettuce and fruit salads, hearty and filling side dishes, breads and muffins, desert, milk and water”. – From Their Website – http://www.someonecareskitchen.org

Happy Monday Everyone, Here We Are On Day #11 Of Operation:365 And I Can’t Wait To Tell You About Our Next Shelter Spotlight. Today’s Featured Segment Highlights The Mission and Outstanding Achievements of San Diego’s Alpha Project.

Alpha Project for the Homeless provides shelter for 2,000 Homeless Men, Homeless Women and Homeless Women in and around the San Diego, California area. They also offer some of the critical services that most of us take for granted each and every day, such as food, water, medical checkups, HIV/AIDS screenings, outreach & prevention, and even employment training. Currently the folks at Alpha Project are looking for Socks, Shoes, Sunscreen, Phone Cards, Twin Sized Sheets, Bottled Water (Case Donations), Daily Hygiene Items and both Men’s and Women’s Under Garments. Alpha Project is located at 3737 Fifth Ave., San Diego, California 92103. They Can Be Reached By Phone By Calling (619) 542-1877.

Here’s Some Information Regarding Alpha Project’s Outreach & Transportation Assistance, Directly From Their Website – “At the core of all of Alpha Project’s facilities and services is a program of Community Outreach, designed not only to assist those in need in accessing needed services, but also to assist the surrounding neighborhood in addressing homeless-related issues. Outreach workers are trained in crisis response and de-escalation, with access to transportation and a wealth of referral sources to help those in need connect with sources of support. Special focus is providing HIV/AIDS services, and placement of those with chronic illnesses or/and disabilities through the Living with Dignity Program. In 2007, Supervisor Greg Cox of the County of San Diego, funded a wheelchair accessible outreach van allowing Alpha Project to transport those with physical disabilities.  Besides its outreach efforts, Alpha Project provides transportation services to participants in all of its programs to allow access to additional services, training opportunities, and employment. Likewise, Alpha Project supports the community by offering transportation services to residents with special needs who lack access to care. Under contract with Family Health Centers of San Diego, transportation is provided to low-income families twice weekly for scheduled medical appointments and other services. Low-income seniors are also transported by appointment twice weekly to health care, shopping, and other services. Alpha Project is proud to offer its drivers and vehicles to support any partner organization in need throughout the County“. – From http://www.alphaproject.org