By Otis Crockette, Division of Adult Parole Operations

When I was young, I thought my mother was a miracle worker. She worked very long days to provide for my siblings and me.

Like most other families, we had many good times and some bad times. When times were good, we ate healthy meals made from fresh food. During bad times we ate what we could afford, typically from a can.

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I remember coming home hungry and looking forward to a nice dinner but quickly became depressed when I only saw a can of corn and half-filled bag of flour. My miracle worker added a few things and turned the can of corn into a hot meal; but the fear of no food remains with me today.

As an adult, I know healthy meals are not only good for your health but also your spirit.  Unfortunately, many people save money by eating bad foods or by skipping some meals.

I may not have the ability to prepare a healthy meal for everyone who is hungry, but my family and I find great joy by volunteering with two charity providers which feed many people with little resources.

Our first charity is Heart for the Hungry (HFH), facilitated by Gateway Fellowship.

HFH provides the opportunity for food for the Sacramento community members in need.  The program provides groceries to over 125 families per month.

To join us in our efforts to stop hunger in the Sacramento community, please write in: “Gateway Fellowship – HFH” in section 8 of your Our Promise pledge form.

Our second charity is The Safe Ground Pilgrimage Project, hosted by Saint John’s Lutheran church.

When hosting, Saint John’s provides dinner, a safe place to sleep and a breakfast for 80 to 180 chronically homeless guests.

The homeless guests and volunteers enjoy activities including setting up, security, cooking, and cleaning up for each event.

This provides people who are homeless with a rare opportunity to take active roles rather than being passive recipients of services.

To support the Safe Ground Pilgrimage Project, please write in “Saint John’s Lutheran Church- Safe Ground” in section 8 of your Our Promise pledge form.

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