Friday, March 13, 2009

Tent Cities In America: from Sacramento, Califas

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Tent Cities In America

Tent City on Sacramento RiverLoaves & Fishes guests (Jim, Tami, Corvin, and Tena) were recently interviewed on the Oprah show titled "Tent Cities in America: A Special Report by Lisa Ling". Those interviewed currently stay in a tent city located in Sacramento California. Their stories are varied, but their plight is real.

In the face of a recession we all must make tough choices. Fortunately, most of us have many options – eat out less, turn the heater down a degree or two, carpool, or post-pone a vacation. For some the options are fewer and less glamorous – try to get into an emergency shelter, many of which, such as St John's Shelter, have to turn as many as 230 women and children away each day or sleep on the street, in the park, or in the tent city.

Last year's "Homeless" count found 1,400 people sleeping in shelters and 1,200 men, women, and childrensleeping outside. This year the county is predicting a 10% increase due to the spiraling economy and foreclosure crisis.

Those who end up on the streets or in a tent city often make their way to us here at Loaves & Fishes. We do our best to help them simply survive; we serve a hot meal everyday, provide a place to get out of the rain Homeless Manduring the day, basic medical care, stocked restrooms, an emergency school for children as well as simple things such as rain ponchos, dry socks, toiletries, and warm showers.

We can't do it alone! The number of people needing services is up and donations are down. You can help those who have slipped through the cracks in our system. You can help provide essential life sustaining services to the neediest of the needy. We need your help.

Please consider donating camping items. Especially in need are Tents, Large Tarps, and Sleeping bags. Items can be brought to our warehouse.

If you can't bring items please consider donating online instead.
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Loaves & Fishes
PO Box 2161
Sacramento, CA 95812

Recent News Articles:

The New York Times - The Lede: Sacramento and Its Riverside Tent City
Oprah - Faces of the Recession - Jobless Rate Above 10% Defines Recession as Bernanke Predicted
WallStreet Journal - Picture of the Day 3/5/09 - 5th picture down - Tent City Sacramento
The Today Show - Sacramento a symbol of tough times

MSNBC - Tent City Picture Story
Justin Sullivan - Just Trying To Survive
Times Online - America faces new Depression misery as financial crisis worsens
KCRA3 - 'Tent City' To Be Shut Down, Official Says
Sacramento Bee Editorial: Give Tent City a Try
Sacramento Bee - Legal Campsites Proposed for the Homeless
KCRA3 - 'Tent City' Mayor Praises Dumpster Delivery
KCRA3 - Tent City Residents Say Community Growing
KCRA3 - Bounty Hunter: Sacramento Needs Tent City
KCRA3 - Tent City' Residents Receive Donations
Sacramento Bee Video - Sacramento Homeless Tent City
MPR News Cut - An image of America
The Sacramento bee - The Swarm
KCRA3 - Loaves & Fishes: Don't Bring Food To Tent City - Sacramento Tent City: The Second Great Depression?
News Cottage - Pictured: Tent cities have returned to haunt America

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