One of our new patrons today has been in America for 18 years but originally lived in Chihuahua, Mexico. She was referred to Skyline from the Latino Community Development Agency. She said in Spanish that she is in a bad situation. She has two kids and currently lives with her parents. Although she used to work as a housekeeper, it is now difficult to find a job because her father has Alzheimer's. This is hard for their family because he will often yell and get mad for no reason. When asked if she had anything else to add, she only said she hadn't expected to get help as soon as she did once she'd visited Skyline. #voicesofskyline
At skyline we try to make fresh produce available as often as possible. The health of our patrons is priority. #skylineurbanministry #veggiesfordays
Today is the first day of Clothes 4 Kids distribution. Families are visiting Skyline to pick up school uniforms so that they will be ready and confident for the new school year.
Today we received a 100 lb donation of school supplies for the upcoming Back to School event! Support like this helps Skyline provide as many important tools to children as possible when they set off to receive their education. And of course they will have a lot of fun, too!
The event will be at rotary park on the 22nd, from 9 am - 11 am. If you're interested in getting involved (by donating or volunteering) contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Skyline's lobby can get pretty crowded. After the initial rush there are still plenty of people waiting to get groceries. The group is always diverse but one thing draws everyone together: the struggle to put food on the table.
"I may not look homeless, I try not to look like it....I don't want people to feel sorry for me but I'm not going to deny services." He explained that his entire outfit had been received from various organizations and that his shirt had been purchased from a thrift store for 20 cents. Talking about the Skyline FRC, he said "This really helps. I don't try to abuse it. If I don't think I need anything from here, I don't come." He contrasted this with the mentality of assuming that homeless people simply do what they want because of their circumstances. "This will help a person survive. If a person chooses to abuse it, that's on them." He said that he looked for small jobs and would take what work he could, then come by Skyline to grab some free snacks while he tried to make a little money. He has been homeless since May 23rd of 2016. #facesofskyline
One of the Eye Clinic's most active and busy volunteers, Debby Luna uses an autorefractor to pre-screen patrons who visit Skyline for eye exams.
Training for the autorefractor can be done on-site, so potential volunteers are encouraged to learn about this awesome machine. Helping with pre-screening is a great experience for anyone with interest in the medical field or simply invested in the health of the community.