They’re right here in our town. They’re your family, your neighbors and your friends. They used to work at Gottschalks or Pier 1 or maybe a car dealership. Maybe they worked for the school district or the city or the county before layoffs. Perhaps they were real estate agents or loan processors, or maybe they worked in the construction industry. Maybe they worked in any one of the many service industries that depend on customers who can afford to pay for haircuts, manicures, lawn care, dinner out and so on.
What they all have in common is that they are now struggling, right here in Tracy, to pay their rent, buy food and keep the lights on and the water running. Where do they go for help?
Can we at Tracy Interfaith Ministries solve all their problems? No. What we can do, with the support of the community, is provide those in need with groceries, toiletries, diapers (with the help of the Tracy Hospital Foundation), gently used clothing and some assistance with utilities or rent (with the help of GWF Community Foundation and United Way Community Council).
Most important, in these most difficult times, we need the support of those who are more fortunate. Let’s all work together to prevent more homelessness in our town and to keep Tracy the great town that it is. Donations of food, clothing, linens, toys, toiletries and cash are accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 311 W. Grant Line Road. Checks may be mailed to Tracy Interfaith Ministries, P.O. Box 404, Tracy 95378. Volunteers are welcome Monday through Saturday. For information: 836-5424.
• Darlene Quinn is the director of Tracy Interfaith Ministries