The Next Steps – Nov/Dec 2018

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to keep you informed about changes that are and will be occurring at LCGRM. We will continue to work on our facilities and our residents.

The temporary location for our Thrift Store has been doing very well. Parking is better and the building and signage are more visible, but the building is too small to adequately handle the volume of donations that we are receiving. We are now in the process of rebuilding the interior of our old store in Solano, which will look vastly different than it did before the fire. There will be more open floor space and a better layout for the display of items in the store. We will also provide better signage near the street to attract attention as motorist’s pass by on the street. A large room in the rear of the store will now be used to display our furniture. Other improvements will be added as money allows. We are also now under new management at the store.

Our New Life Program is also begging to change in many ways. We are taking the time to pay more attention to the growth of the people involved in this program. The first steps include making them aware that they are to be more accountable for their work ethic and to reduce the long held belief that society is entitled to help them because they are homeless. We have divided them up among our senior staff in order to find their individual needs and goals for the future. We meet with each person on a regular basis to encourage them and to provide the tools that will enable them to one day have a place of their own. This takes a great deal of time and effort on our part but the results are already producing fruit in their lives. Since we started the changes, the results have been amazing. Rather than seeing people drop out of the program because of the increase accountability, we have had a fifty percent increase in application requests for new “programmers”. The overall result to this point has been a happier group that works together for everyone.

We are still seeing a burgeoning growth in families coming into the mission. Our hope is to have approval on the zone change from city council soon so that we can bring in our six family room portable building. This building will more than double our capacity for families. Our largest family has been approved for an apartment of their own, but they are waiting for an apartment that will accommodate eight children.

One of our needs for the future is to have successful business people who would be willing to take selected “programmers” under their wing and train them in a trade that would be beneficial to both parties.

Thank you for your support in our efforts.
Henry Young, Executive Director

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