“A lot of people get callous and think that everyone (the homeless) are drug dealers, users, etc. but they’re not. They’re more than their problems,” Franklin said.
Doshier shared a personal story about how she used to look past the homeless and saw only problems as many people do. Doshier explained that she had a turning point and saw the homeless differently when she realized those on the streets may be a father, daughter or friend to someone.
“I made eye contact with a homeless man and thought that’s my dad; that’s someone’s dad. Each homeless person needs one person to believe in them,” Doshier said.
Currently, Food and Shelter has six on-site housing units and six off-site housing units, but its main goal for next year is to expand by adding four more housing units. Volunteers who can share their time as teachers or mentors are also needed by the organization. Board President Tish Marek said that community involvement and believing in the homeless is key to the organization.
“Hope springs from individuals and people, but it springs like a fountain when you have a community working together,” Marek said.
Pledge cards and envelopes were provided at the luncheon so that attendees’ talent, time and contributions might become part of Food and Shelter’s team.