My name is Calvin, and I am homeless and disabled. You read about me regarding the Safe Parking Program in San Luis Obispo in September. I am active in my church, I volunteer with the Peoples Kitchen through my church, and I am an active member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
There are many persons, such as myself, who you would never think are homeless. And there some of us who fit your preconceived stereotype. Many of us need assistance from organizations such as Peoples Kitchen. There are others, who are not homeless, but have limited income, and come to the Grover Beach site for help.
Grover Beach residents who oppose the Peoples Kitchen site on 16th Street, you are marginalizing us, again. You are telling us that we dont matter, and that our needs are unimportant to you. You are saying that there is something wrong with us while you are looking down your noses at us. You call us bums, neer-do-wells, drunks, crazies and other derogatory names behind your closed doors. Maybe your minds will change when you need help and somebody tells you to go away.