Nearly 250 people gathered on Saturday, March 23rd to support the efforts of two organizations working with the homeless in Vallejo: The Global Center for Success and The Christian Help Center.
The theme this year was "Marching On“ - focusing on the efforts by CHC and GCS to move clients from homeless to independent, supportive individuals within our our community.
Dr. Richard Porter, (Exec. Dir. of GCS) pointed out that while the numbers of homeless may be lower than previous years, there is still much to do to eliminate homelessness altogether. Pastor Rey Bernardes (Acting Exec. Dir. of CHC) gave an update on the progress made this year by Vallejo's only emergency bed shelter. By the numbers: 47 beds for single men, 54 beds for females, 14, families with children, 1.6 million meals served in 35 years.
Several graduates of GCS were recognized for their efforts. (Many of the graduates now have permanent jobs and housing.)
At the end of the program, the Pastors and Spiritual leaders of Vallejo were recognized and Pastor Dennis Johnson gave a resounding group prayer over all of them.
Dr. Porter summed up the breakfast like this: "Overall, the event was a huge success! It was well attended; everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast; and there was an increased awareness of the problem of homelessness and the need for each one of us to become part of the solution."
Dr. Richard Porter
Pastor Rey Bernardes
Recognizing recent GCS Graduates
Pastor Johnson praying over Pastors
Recognizing the Pastors and Spiritual Leaders in our community.