- Category: Community Columns
- Published: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:02
I've seen it because I felt the need to see. I wanted to visit the local Riverside Mission to find out how the place operates and, at the same time, get an interview or two and offer some publicity.
I've been back. I've had dinner at the mission on a couple of occasions. I saw men and women and boys and girls in need. I witnessed empathetic staff working with local volunteers. They listened, they talked and, perhaps most importantly, they fed these people.
The local mission provides emergency shelter for men, assisted living support, low income housing and the community kitchen. It's not unusual to see 50 or 60 hungry people for supper at 5 o'clock.
Riverside Mission Executive Director Scott Elger is spending the 2nd of 3 nights sleeping outdoors tonight, on the roof at the mission, to bring attention to the fact we have homeless people right here at home who count on the mission to survive.
You might consider a donation during this Christmas season. They're counting on us.