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Lightening The Load Through Hospitality

Scott with mom

As a child, Scott Prewett would often bring strangers home for dinner. It started in junior high when he saw a man who was homeless. Scott approached him and said, “Hey, do you need a place to stay tonight?” This offer was repeated dozens of times and each time, Scott’s parents were gracious hosts. They would provide their guest with dinner, clean clothes and a bed. He recalls that it made sense to him because he felt like Jesus would do the same thing.

It is this kind of hospitality that continues to drive Scott today.For the past year and a half, each Thursday he has been driving our mobile shower unit to St. Charles Borromeo Church. He arrives as early as 6:30 a.m. so he can have everything ready before breakfast is served at the church. Through our partnership with St. Charles Borromeo Church, hospitality center guests receive a full-service breakfast, clothing, showers, haircuts and case management. Several churches in the San Fernando Valley provide similar hospitality centers for our friends who are homeless. Soon, the program will be expanded to Malibu.

“I try to keep it simple out here,” Scott said. “Each week, my goal is to bring comfort and encouragement to my friends. I try to lighten their load. Like all of us, they just want to be treated with dignity and respect, and I strive to do that.”

A few months ago, Scott recruited a new volunteer—his 92-year-old mom, Alice. The guests call her “mom” as she provides them with a patient and attentive ear. Together, Scott and his mom continue their long-standing tradition of providing hospitality to those who need it most. And, together, they agree that they are just trying to do what they think Jesus would.

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