Friday, April 10, 2009

A Night of Giving Support to the Homeless

Father Scott Santarosa from Dolores Mission invited people to come spend a night with the homeless population Thursday and I was deeply moved by the stories of people made homeless by a weakened economy, as well as the 100 or so individuals who came out to support them. Dressed in pajamas and wrapped in blankets, men, women, boys and girls, listened to the testimonials given by people who lost their homes to rising mortgages and others who were having difficulty putting food on the table. Amongst a sea of lit candles, people prayed for one another and provided comfort to the homeless men that find shelter at Dolores Mission every night. The vigil concluded with celebratory songs and as the lights went out scores of people – homeless or not – slept on the church grounds in solidarity.