Safe Ground Sacramento
To Turn Lives Around
Being homeless, being in need, should not be a crime. And it can no longer be an invisible problem that we just turn away from, or that we assume can never be “solved.”
That’s why many of Sacramento’s largest and oldest homeless service organizations, including Loaves & Fishes, Francis House, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee have banded together with other non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals to find a solution for the problem.
Tough times demand creative solutions. Sacramento has public land that no one is using – land that, along with a sleeping cottage can provide a homeless person with a safe place to stay for only $3,000 to $5,000.
“Safe Ground” is…
■A secure location, sanctioned by the city & operated by the residents
■A place with clean water, toilets, and garbage collection
■A place where residents can be free from harassment and danger
■A place where homeless people can access services they need to turn their lives around
Every day, more than 1,200 homeless men, women, and children are struggling to make it on Sacramento County’s streets.
Homelessness is not a new problem. But a bad economy means more people on the streets, and fewer government dollars to help them.
Making it a crime to be homeless means even fewer can work their way out. The City’s “camping ordinance” makes it illegal for anyone to use or store camping paraphernalia on public property. It makes being homeless a crime.
The constant threat of arrest, the lack of sleep and of sanitary conditions, exacerbates any mental or physical impairment that may have contributed to their homelessness in the first place. And the lack of “safe ground” – where homeless people can stay, leave their belongings and be more accessible to service providers, lessens the chance they will be able to work their way out of homelessness.
We need you. There is plenty of opportunity for you to be involved. If you would like to volunteer to either cook and serve dinner, stay the night shift, or cook and serve breakfast at Trinity, please click the Contact button above and let us know. Our next opportunity to serve at Trinity is Friday, June 15th, 2012. We will also be serving July 20th and August 17th.
Needs for Safeground: Coffee, canned green beans, whole kernel corn (not creamed), mixed veg. Hot cereal packets – variety packs. Sugar – 5 or 10 lb. bag. Tomato Sauce sm. or lrg. cans. Hot cocoa-packets. Mac & Cheese. Socks and Used books.