In the year 2018, the North Valley Caring Services outreach team encountered Lucy sleeping under a bridge in North Hills. Lucy and her mother had been homeless for several years. After several exchanges, Lucy finally agreed to attend our food pantry. She was amazed by the quality and amount of food that was available at no cost.
Lucy became a regular at our food pantry and we learned that she was a believer that attended church most of her adolescence. When her mother became homeless, Lucy joined her on the streets. She quickly got introduced to drugs and a criminal lifestyle. She had given up hope and God became an afterthought.
While working as a volunteer in our pantry, Lucy was able to provide food consistently for her mom as well as the others in her homeless camp. But more importantly, Lucy was able to connect once more with God through our pantry.
The love of God is regularly offered in the process of giving to others. She grew stronger in her faith and with the added help of support services, Lucy is now off the streets. She married a God-fearing man and they have welcomed their first baby boy named Isaac. It takes a village to run a food pantry; it takes God to bless that village.