Rev. Stephen Hammond, at left, of Bethel Neighborhood Church in Los Banos shows off a mobile shower unit that his mission effectively place to use to enable the homeless on the West Side thanks to a partnership with Sutter Well being. Hammond stated Merced could do the identical issue with a prepared donor or grant funding. The unit is valued at $26,000, delivery incorporated.
A Merced man named Robert enjoys his new haircut supplied by volunteer Rowena Marble of the nearby Milan Institute.
Members of the nonprofit Symple Equazion had been on hand to market the Aim Higher system that aids young girls rebuild their lives and finish homelessness. Aim Higher gives protected housing, meals, and supportive solutions to enable young ladies enter into permanent housing.
Homeless advocate Monica Villa holds up the contents identified inside cost-free backpacks offered out by Pearl Huber of the Hope Mill in Southern California.
All the crucial service providers who perform to deliver help for Merced’s homeless population came collectively final Friday for the 2019 Homeless Connect occasion at the Central Presbyterian Church’s Hoffmeister Center.
Hundreds of struggling residents showed up — extra than 200 in the initially hours, and quite a few extra throughout the course of the day — to take benefits of relief solutions.
Amongst the movers and shakers who produced the occasion come about had been: Tim Adam, chief operations officer of the Merced County Rescue Mission Sue Bangon Emanivong on behalf of Wholesome Residence and Helene Mitchell of the county’s Human Solutions Agency.
A lot more than 30 providers had been on hand for the occasion, which includes the Hope Mill of Van Nuys which handed out backpacks filled with survival gear. Other groups incorporated the Central California Alliance for Well being, Catholic Charities of Merced, This Ain’t Your Mamas Church, Golden Valley Well being Centers, the D Street Shelter, Journey for Justice, the Continuum of Care, and the Valley Crisis Center. Twenty students for the Milan Institute supplied haircuts to these in have to have.
This year the occasion was aided by the nearby New Path outreach group who helped guests navigate the service booths to get the most out of the occasion.
Merced County Supervisor — as sturdy supporter of Homeless Connect, as properly as Merced Mayor Mike Murphy, spoke to the crowd about the significance of neighborhood members stepping up and creating a distinction for their hometown.