2014 - 2015
Lake City, to be kind, is in transition from being an endless strip of car hustlers, fast food joints, low end service shops into what may become a more pleasant community for those who live close, drive by, or walk the streets hoping for a different outcome than the one they faced yesterday.
The shelters closed a couple of weeks ago with high hopes of repeating their service this winter. The hidden hope is they will be able to offer more people, in the greater Lake City neighborhood, space for longer periods of time.
The unsaid hope is society will ask for the end of this ongoing challenge and demand better for all of our citizens by providing adequate shelter for all.
More than 2,707 shelter beds were offered along with 4,990 meals happily delivered by 335 volunteers. All this was shepherded by the Union Gospel Mission that stepped forward to be responsible of all the logistics, legal frights, transportation efforts that the churches could provide.
Along with a warm safe place to sleep people garnered additional help in totally changing their lives. Great news to all that 34 “homeless” people started new jobs, 25 were preparing to move into housing and 6 started classes at the Salvation Army, Goodwill or at various Community colleges.