Thanks from Hopes Village of San Luis Obispo
April 1, 2013
While we move forward in developing Hope’s Village of SLO, a sustainable community for local un-housed adults, we’d like to extend our thanks to those who are helping us realize our dream.
RV’s for Veterans project donated four motorhomes and two travel trailers for the homeless; the Salvation Army has welcomed us into their sanctuary for our meetings over the past year; San Luis Auto Parts contributes parts to our homeless veterans; J. Carroll donated over 100 shirts; Oak Country Lumber and Quaglino Roofing provided building materials for our first cabin; Warnes Paints and Kelly Moore contributed paint; to my son Ryan, who worked so hard tearing the travel trailer off the chassis that will be the foundation of our very first cabin; to Saint Benedict’s Church (and three anonymous donors) have generously contributed to our start-up fund; a South County family gave us a piano for our common house; SLO Blues Society provide complimentary tickets to people who are un-housed; Idler’s in Paso Robles gave a previously homeless veteran a new bed; our three attorneys give freely of their time.
We also thank the SLO Board of Supervisors — all of whom have met with us — for their diligence in working to solve SLO’s housing crisis, and for their support of our village concept; to the Homeless Services Oversight Council for their support; to Sheriff Parkinson for supporting us from the very beginning and working with us to ensure our villagers come to us with no outstanding issues.
And to Common Ground Worldwide whose “Earth Angels” knit hats to keep people living on the streets warm at night; to Kris Cindrich, our accountant; to Morris & Garritano, our insurance company; to Cal Poly and Cuesta College students who have volunteered their assistance and to everyone who has come forth offering help.
Were it not Sandra Lakeman and her son Mark, this project could have been a lot longer in coming. Architect Mark Lakeman has presented for HV three times about Dignity Village in Portland, which he co-founded, and why a similar village will work here. This brilliant young architect is sought after to give presentations nationwide, and presents for us non gratis. We are thankful for him.
During this new year, may we count our blessings that we live in one of the most pristine places in the world. And may we all continue to work diligently to ensure that more people who are un-housed and landless may one day also enjoy a home.
Becky Jorgeson is the founder of HOPE’S VILLAGE OF SLO, P.O. Box 100, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, 805/234-5478, www.hopesvillageofslo.com.