According to the most recent Point-In-Time count conducted throughout Sacramento County, more than 5,500 people are experiencing homelessness on a given night. That is an increase of nearly 20% from 2017, and a significant jump from 2,650 people in 2015. The count, which is conducted every two years, was last taken over two nights in January 2019.
In early 2020, we were beginning to see increases in homelessness across the county and as the consequences of COVID-19 progressed throughout the year with job losses, evictions and the impact of social distancing on shelter capacity, the numbers began to rise dramatically.
The City of Sacramento is committed to solving homelessness for individuals and families, and to making the community stronger and safer for all. And the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento is committed to do its part to help feed the homeless around the city.
The Brazilian Center provides an average of 350 meals for the homeless every Wednesday when volunteers go to homeless camps sites and distribute hot meals. For some of the people living in the camps, these are the only decent meals they will receive for days.
“What we are trying to do is help out as much as we can, we really don’t have all the resources we need but we have a licensed kitchen, an amazing group of volunteers and board members that help us move this project forward.”
RESOURCES WE NEED
We are looking forward to increase the number of meals we provide for the homeless so we can reach more people around town and if possible, have multiple days to attend the homeless community. We raise funds in a variety of ways from renting our space for classes to selling groceries and meals from our menu. Even after everything we do to raise money by selling products or renting space, we still need more funds in order to reach more homeless people with our program.
If you can help by donating to the center that would be wonderful, we accept donations of any size and we have accounts with Go Fund Me, Venmo and we PayPal. Any donations are welcome and will go towards our “Lean on Me” program and the maintenance of the center.
If can’t help by donating money please consider volunteer to help us expand our programs. We are in dire need of hand on people to helps with small tasks from cooking and cleaning to handle meals, organizing, digital services, advertisement and much more. If you can help us by donating a few hours of your time that would be wonderful and we truly need more volunteers.
THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR “LEAN ON ME” PROGRAM
When you take time to feed the homeless people and perhaps sit down and talk with them as they eat, you just do not get to chat, but you also get to discover several issues affecting your community and it’s a direct measure of our community overall health regardless of your are homeless or not.
Looking out for other people in our community is the responsibility of each and every one of us. Giving a homeless person some food means that you solve one major problem in their lives. This makes it easier for their survival since they have many challenges to face.
Providing homeless people with something to eat is the right thing to do. It brings dignity to a human life and it helps homeless people keep the fight going to get out of the current situation.
When you sit down to talk with a homeless person you can clearly see the reasons why a program like ours is so important to our community. You learn stories of the lives these people used to live not to long ago that for one reason or another took a wrong turn and trap these people in this horrible situation.
At the same time you learn how life can sometimes turn out so bad for some people you also get so much inspiration by talking to these people and get to know a little bit about them. You learn the strength it take to keep on going and to never gave up, to treat people with respect and to always keep your dreams alive.
Homeless people are humans, fathers, mothers, sisters, wives, sons and daughters, these are people in our community, lives that we cross on the streets every day. Talk to them, learn about them learn their stories and by doing that you will learn about you and at the end of that conversation you will be a better person for doing that.
2420 N Street – Suite 180, Sacramento, CA 95816