“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the king will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.” (Matt.25:37ff.)
Dear Friends, June 2017
Susan Crane has been at the Redwood City Catholic Worker for over 5 years. Her compassion for the poor is marvelous. So many of our homeless friends who come to our front porch for food, clothing, and a good night’s sleep know Susan and she knows them. She describes one of our porch guests this way: “Roberto slept on our porch every night for about 2 months (this was 2 and a half years ago). At that time and to this day, Roberto had a part time job at a local deli. He is an artist (a dancer) and participated in Redwood City’s 150th celebration and has performed at Davies Symphony Hall in S.F. He is KIND , responsible, and poor. Periodically, he introduces someone to us (from the street) with the sure knowledge that they too will receive socks, shirts, toiletries, sleeping bags, bikes etc……During the winter rains, Roberto has spent 30 days in our county shelter while he was still working. He joins thousands of others in his futile search for “affordable housing.”
At our home for teens, in our home for day laborers, and in 5 apartments, we house about 25 to 30 people a night . This is a drop in the bucket. What we do is very little and it is what we do.
As the rich have gotten richer and the poor poorer, more and more people are living in doorways and in homeless encampments in Redwood City. Doug Herbek has been living and working full time at the Redwood City Catholic Worker for less than a year – he plans to stay indefinitely. Doug has been a lawyer, a monk and a Catholic Worker. In Redwood City, he spends his time taking food, sleeping bags, tents, dry showers, bottled water, bikes, hand sanitizers, toiletry kits and other items to homeless encampments. We know he’s made inroads because more and more of the homeless show up at our front porch asking for dinner or coffee or whatever we have thanks to you, our supporters…..God provides. These men (Roberto, Al Fred, Rob) and women (Ivy, Jennifer, Robin, Linda, Alicia – to name a few), come to us as the Body of Christ—broken. Dorothy Day was right when she said, “We must seek forgiveness from the poor for the bread we give them.” God help us, we live like Kings and I like to say, “We have already won the lotto.”
Hope you too find R + R this Summer.
Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges, Sr Mary Jane Floyd, Jan Johanson, Aida Figueroa, Susan Crane, Doug Herbek, and J Arthur White.
The Lord’s Supper (1953) Fritz Eichenberg
(Today there would be many women and children in the picture.)
1. FOOD in any amount. Bottled water, individually wrapped dinners, or gift certificates to buy needs– (Target or Safeway) are great.
2. HOUSEHOLD NEEDS: fans, Kleenex, a very good refrigerator for the house for teens, shampoo, conditioner, combs. Tickets to events, cars, trucks, RV’s, computers etc. 3. Homeless outreach: water, bikes, locks and lights, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, pads, reuseable shopping bags, food baskets with sturdy wheels for the elderly, gift certificates etc.
4. BACK TO SCHOOL: Back packs and supplies for elementary, H.S. and college, We will give $2,000 scholarships to another 6 or 7 students if you help us.
5. JOBS: Day Laborers are terrific workers – call Cesar or Juan Carlos (650) 339-2794 and they will find a great worker for you.
6. A HOUSE or money to buy a house for another Catholic Worker center. Call Larry (650) 366-4415.
7. Your ongoing LOVE AND SUPPORT – With all of the guests we house nightly, our expenses have skyrocketed. During the summer months most of our financial support goes on vacation. If you can help us, now is a great time.