Why don’t homeless people just get a job?

March 2021 e-news

It’s a fair question – and the answer is: ‘it’s not that easy’.

80% of the people we serve are disabled (mentally and/or physically). Some got injured fighting for our country, some were born with conditions, and others were abused as children. If you take someone from that situation and give them a job – they will have trouble keeping it.
“So, what can we do?”

Follow what Jesus said in Matthew 25:34 – 40:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Thank you for your interest in SLM,
Pastor David Shearin

P.S.:  We have a new opening for a volunteer on weekdays in the evening.  Please scroll down if you want to read more about that.
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We have an opening for an “Evening Kitchen Coordinator” on weekdays from 8:15 – 9:00 pm in Redwood City. More details on that below, but if you are interested, email
What is the impact?
A lot is involved in order to feed people every weekday. But one of the most important things is the food. We need people who help prepare it and we need people who help clean up. Both are extremely important and one cannot function without the other. Right now, we need help with the cleanup. It’s simple and it’s crucial.
How does it work?
An average evening looks like this:
  • You report to the kitchen at 8:15pm.
  • Unload The Van:
    • All food trays
    • Food shields
    • Utensils
  • In warm months, unload the van with any water bottles.
  • Label any unserved food with date and place in the SLM refrigerator. There will be a note on any food that needs to be thrown out.
  • Wash hot chocolate or lemonade drink cambro - turn upside down and let dry with other drink cambros.
  • Wash and dry any soiled food trays and put back in cabinet.
  • Wash and dry food shields and when fully dry return to bin in van.
  • Wash and dry utensils and when fully dry return to bin in van.
  • Soap is usually by the sink.  Hand dry everything with towels.
  • Take the doors off the hot boxes in the van.  This allows the hot boxes to air out and not smell like stale food.
  • Restock van for the next day’s service.  Check gasoline and let know if it’s low.
  • Return van to SLM labeled spot(back into spot).
  • Return keys to hook in pantry closet in kitchen.
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Hey there, Fam, how’s it going? Welcome to March!!! Another month down in this major historical event, huh? The Pandemic has now claimed over 500,000 lives in the US of A. That’s freakin’ crazy!!

Meanwhile, back at Street Life Central, our numbers are starting to go back up. We always hit a bit of a lull  between late December into January, but due to the cold snap we’ve been experiencing, it kinda stayed in the lull stage a bit longer. Man, it was cold!! Cold enough for me to want a new jacket, so I got one. I usually wear 3x to 4x stuff, but I found an 8x coat and totally wanted it. It’s huge, but SOOOOO comfortable. It literally goes down to just above my knees. So awesome…

Had more car trouble a couple weeks ago. Took it into the shop and 4 days (and almost a grand) later, it was like driving a brand new truck!! New rear brakes, rotors, oil change, smog, windshield wipers, and a gas cap. Not gonna have to worry about it for a while now, so that’s pretty nice…

Been checking out a new band called The HU. Mongolian heavy metal is kind of interesting. One of the singers does this really bass-y throat singing, which I really haven’t ever heard before. They also teamed up with 3 different, more mainstream bands (Papa Roach, Ashes to New, and Halestorm) for some mash-ups, which I think are the coolest songs on their album. The name of their album is The Gereg. If you’re looking to hear something different, but still really cool, check out The HU…

So, February 20th was my birthday. 52 now. Had a great trip over to Half Moon Bay. I like to go out to the beach and stare at the waves. Other than my new jacket, it’s the only other thing that reminds me of how small I really am. Believe me, sometimes I definitely need to be reminded of that. Anyways, being out there gives me a chance to reflect and pray. 52 years now, I’ll be darned. Never thought I’d make it this far…

Street Life Redwood City is going pretty well. As I said earlier, our numbers are climbing again. More people are coming to hear the sermon before we give out the food, which is really cool, too. Haven’t had any security issues, which is awesome, and no technical issues either. We got this on lock…

Lord, I know this column was pretty scattered, but I did the best I could. Keep Your arms tightly wrapped around all of us and help us to keep moving forward. Fix Your gaze upon us that we may see clearly the path we have yet to travel. Thank You for Your love and guidance in all that we do, and all that we have yet to do. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

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