- Just my attempt to invite people into what I am learning through my interaction with the homeless on Tuesday nights with GUMBO ministry -
April 9th - Frank’s Route
Before we even left on our routes, we were told that some of our people in the Jurupa Valley area who were fined $800 dollars for helping the homeless. A homeless friend was telling me just a couple weeks ago that laws were passed to start fining people for helping the homeless.
Guess we’ll have to start thinking ahead to how we’ll respond if it gets as bad as it seems like it might.
I found out another one of my homeless friends was woken up with a 9mm pointing in his face.
Tim told me that apparently officer Robinson was training a new officer - Romero, and that apparently Robinson always brings new officers to practice their interaction with the homeless with him. Tim’s an old man who walks with a cane and doesn’t have many people ‘getting his back.’ He wouldn’t be much of a threat to a training police officer save for the taser and blade he keeps on him.
Tim is easily distinguished by the old, dirty rode-work vest and utility belt he is always wearing. I’ve never seen him not wearing that vest.
At the carwash stop I also met 9 year-old Daniella and 11 year-old Darlissa. I’m not sure how homeless they were but they did look a little dirty and greasy. Immediately my heart was hurting at the sight of young girls possibly being homeless and needing street-side handouts. I hope to learn more about their situation soon.
There were more people than usual here tonight.
I made a new friend who called himself Kick-stand because he only had one leg; he wouldn’t tell me his real name. It was no surprise to find out that cops were once again involved in this unfortunate ailment. He told me they blew it off although I couldn’t quite decipher how or why.
He was incredibly chipper and humorous. “This is the best home I’ve ever had,”he said, “I used to have a house, but I didn’t really ever own it.. the bank did.”
I should also note that the entire time I was talking to him he was propped up on his bike that he apparently rode all the time.
As we pull over, there are 3 cop cars in view. Guess we’ll see how this goes down…
The cops were too busy with something else to bug us. Apparently this is considered Jurupa and the police here are really nice and helpful to the homeless.
Not sure how to reconcile this with the fine I was told about earlier.
An older homeless friend named Ken was able to get housing because the GI bill and will be moving in soon. Praise God for that.
Turns out he’s one of the few homeless veterans that followed through with his paperwork and orientations in order to get free housing. Most of them didn’t commit to the logistics and rehab that was necessary to claim it.
Many of them really are content where they are; not all of them, but many of them.