We want to thank The Triplicate for sharing this back in Feb. and remind everyone that when the need is there Daily Bread Ministries will continue to provide…
Shelter From the Storm
All-night movies offered for homeless when the weather gets too cold, but volunteers needed.
Our Daily Bread Ministries is offering a warm, dry place for Del Norte’s homeless to pass the night during the area’s worst weather.
The non-profit organization began hosting all night movies Dec. 1. Our Daily Bread will open its doors to men, women and children when the temperature dips to 32 degrees or below or if Crescent City is forecast to receive a quarter inch or more of rain with wind speeds of 20 mph or higher.
The organization has hosted all-night movies during bad weather for years, director and founder Mike Justice said. But with El Niño, more people are coming than ever into Our Daily Bread to get out of the rain and cold.
(Johnny Kau is just one of the volunteers who helps during Our Daily Bread’s movie nights. The organization needs more volunteers, especially women. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson)
“So far for December and January, we’ve had 207 people come through,” he said, estimating that a daily average of about 17 people have spent the night with Our Daily Bread. “We’ve been (doing this) for 35 nights or maybe a little bit more.”
Founded more than 10 years ago, Our Daily Bread Ministries operates a thrift store and offers hot meals and religious services to the community three nights a week. During the all-night movies, the women and children are separated from the men and are under the watchful eye of volunteers while the organization plays Christian and family films.
Justice said he’s seen a variety of people at the movie nights, including people from out of the area who would otherwise have had to sleep in their car. He pointed out that for many people, having a roof over their head at night can save their lives.
“If you’re out there in the elements all day and you go to sleep and you’re wrapped up and you’re wet and it flash freezes like it’s done in the past, it kills people,” Justice said. “We are a life-saving ministry.”
Our Daily Bread not only fills a need in Del Norte County…
Photo from Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson