If you’ve spent any time in San Francisco (and a lot of other big American cities), you know that homelessness is a huge problem. Everywhere you look there are people who are down on their luck, begging for change, and sleeping on the street.
One Catholic church in San Francisco is doing its best to help out that city’s homeless men and women by offering blankets and pew space so folks who need it can get some undisturbed sleep. The program at St. Boniface Catholic Church is part of a larger project called the Gubbio Project. For the past 15 years, St. Boniface has allowed up to 225 people per day to sleep in their pews (a lot of homeless people sleep during the day and stay awake at night for safety reasons).
The church also hands out blankets, razors, shampoo, and toothbrushes on a daily basis.
The wealth disparity in San Francisco is enormous, and it means that millionaires and homeless people often live in the same neighborhoods.
Shannon Eizenga, executive director of the Gubbio Project, said, “In one of the richest cities in the world, one that 75 billionaires call home, the fact that so many must go without heat, shelter or blankets is confounding. The scale of the need is staggering. We are living in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. It does feel as though it’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities,’ and this gap is increasing more every day.”
This is a great cause, and the Gubbio Project relies on donations to keep helping those of us who are less fortunate. Donate HERE if you’d like to help out.