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Wade’s Word – August

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Each year, thousands of volunteers gather to count the number of people who are homeless throughout the United States. In recent months, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the count for 2016. Sadly, the data shows a 23% increase in homelessness in Los Angeles County and a 20% increase in LA City proper. At the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, we know all too well about the increase in homelessness. The waiting list for our family shelter grows each day and we are seeing more people visit our mobile shower program locations. A few weeks ago, I was feeling overwhelmed with the needs coming our way. Then I visited one of our mobile shower locations at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood. I sat down next to Vince, who just weeks before was homeless but now has a job and a place to live. He was at the church, not to receive services, but to volunteer on his day off. As we were talking, I observed one of the deacons of the church as he administered first aid to a woman who had an infection on her leg. As a volunteer nurse helped her, I could sense how relieved the woman was upon having her bandages changed. I left that day with a sense of hope. People are being loved and are overcoming their challenges. So, as you see an increased need in Los Angeles, also know that there are people meeting needs with great compassion and conviction. As always, reach out to me if you’d like to help.

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