Another man talked with us, although mainly with Mike, for many minutes. He has been trying to find housing. He has a part time job at a grocery store and wants to work full time but the store won't raise his hours. He also has felony convictions in his past, although he has been out of prison for more than a year. When we mentioned some programs that serve those who have been in prison, he said that he now makes too much money to be eligible for them. When we mentioned other programs, he said he had tried them but they turned him down because he was a convicted felon. We gave him a couple of more leads, but he was clearly tired of all the bureaucracy.
We had many women visitors, although I didn't talk with many of them. We try to have women volunteers talk with the women privately because so many are victims of sexual violence and trafficking and are reluctant to open up to men. Brent and I stayed near the back of the van and handed out food bags, water bottles, and winter clothing items. We also distributed some hygiene supplies. I'm guessing we served about 25 people tonight.
Please pray for, and care for, the poor.