AS OF NOVEMBER 23rd WE HAD 29 PEOPLE ATTENDING THE COMMUNAL DINING. TO DATE, OVER 30 HAVE JOINED.
MEET DON SIMBAÑA AND HIS WIFE: THEY ARE SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO EARN A LIVING BY RECYCLING PLASTIC BOTTLES - DESPITE THEIR ADVANCED AGE AND POOR HEALTH.
WE ARE SO HAPPY TO OFFER MEALS TO DON SIMBAÑA HIS WIFE - THEY ARE PILLARS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
THE DINING HAS BECOME A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE HUMBLY SHARE WITH ONE ANOTHER, FELLOWSHIP AND BUILD FRIENDSHIPS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SACRIFICE -YOUR CONTRIBUTION FILLS THEIR HEARTS.
IN THE WORDS OF DON SIMBAÑA "WE COME TO RECEIVE FOOD BUT WE ARE MOST BLESSED BY THE FRIENDSHIPS AND CONVERSATIONS"
MORE PEOPLE ATTENDING THE DINNING CENTER "RISING CHRIST"
By CECILIA | Assistant Project
The community dining room carries out a very important activity for the community.
In general, the people who attend the RISING CHRIST DINNING carry out work that in some way helps them survive, for example, recycling bottles or temporary jobs in places where it is required. They show us in occasions that, because they are elderly, they don’t get called by any type of work so they choose to recycle bottles, cardboard or paper. Many of them only have one meal a day, the same as the one provided through the dining room. Currently the dining room has 31 people who attend every day. We work hard to open even during the school holidays.
The dining room doors are open for all people who require this help, being more than a place Just to eat we become a home, a real family. Where day after day in the midst of any circumstance we seek to support each other.
The story of these people is moving and helps us understand the importance and the fundamental role that the COMMUNITY DINING ROOM plays, how they express day by day their gratitude for those who make up the dining room and who made this beautiful work possible for the benefit of those in need.
THREE MORE PEOPLE ADMITTED TO THE COMMUNAL DINNING CENTER
By Nicole | Assistant Project
Sadly the stories behind the people we serve at San Jose Communal dinning aren't easy to tell. But despite the harsh condition they live in we are happy we can provide help with your support to the most vulnerable. This is what has happened these last few months at the communal dinning and the people that surrounds us.
*Miguel, a 76-year-old man lives in unfortunate conditions. His house has floors made of dirt and a tin roof. In rainy days, all the interior of the house gets flooded because of the leaks on the selling. Now he lives alone because his wife had to move in with his children, she has a delicate health as well. He cannot sustain himself, sometimes he just eats breakfast because he doesn't have the chance to work. He lives by her own with a failure on his kidney, so he must have a catheter that is removed every three days in a public clinic nearby.
This medical condition doesn't let him work and gain some money to eat. He does what he can, sometimes he recycles trash and receives 2 dollars to eat that day. Other times, his children help him, but they don't have too much money either. Being involved at the dining Center allows him to eat everyday proper meals and he is been connected with a public agency to take care of his health.
*Gisela, an elderly woman lives a similar way, in a house made of dirt floors and a tin roof that is put together with rocks and sticks. When the rainy days come, the roof have leaks, so everything gets wet. She has no family that can help her financially. She lives with his son that has no job, just sometimes helps in the market, and with his grandson that was abandoned by his parents. They take care of this little boy, he goes to a public school nearby.
Gisela and his son are now admitted to the Dining Center San Jose.
*Names have been change to protect their identities.
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