Church Allows Homeless to Sleep Overnight, Gives Them Blankets

(TMU— Nearly 15 years ago, St. Boniface church in San Francisco began opening their doors for homeless people in need of shelter. The effort was started by Father Louis Vitale of the church, and community activist Shelly Roder, in 2004 and is known as The Gubbio Project.

Hundreds of people each day pass through the church, using the pews to sleep on, and getting blankets from the staff.

“No questions are asked when our guests walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one is ever turned away; all are welcomed, respected and treated with dignity,” according to the Gubbio Project’s website.

The facility is still open for local churchgoers who want to visit throughout the day, but 2/3 of the church is reserved for the Gubbio project.

“This sends a powerful message to our unhoused neighbors – they are in essence part of the community, not to be kicked out when those with homes come in to worship. It also sends a message to those attending mass – the community includes the tired, the poor, those with mental health issues and those who are wet, cold and dirty,” a representative with Gubbio said.

One of the main complaints that people often have about homeless shelters is that they can feel like prisons, and be extremely dangerous as well, but the Gubbio project seems different. 95% of those surveyed said they always or usually feel safe at The Gubbio Project, and those who pass through are not treated like prisoners as they are in many shelters.

Last year The Mind Unleashed reported that the city of Seattle was planning to set up razor-wire fencing to keep homeless populations from camping. Then, not long after we reported that San Francisco was using Robots scare homeless people away from encampments and report them to police. Also in San Francisco, we recently reported that the city spent $8,700 installing large boulders under overpasses to prevent homeless people from setting up camps. There were numerous homeless encampments in the area until they were recently forced out of the area, and now the City’s government is doing everything they can to keep the camps out of the area.

At least a dozen activists were arrested last month for feeding the homeless in Wells Park in El Cajon, California. Even a 14-year-old child was arrested. Authorities say that the law is aimed to prevent the spread of disease, but activists say that they are criminalizing the homeless.

“It means they are criminalizing homelessness. They’ve created 4 laws against the homeless. No camping, no sleeping in cars, no panhandling and no feeding the homeless,” Mark Lane told RT.

By John Vibes / Republished with permission / The Mind Unleashed / Report a typo

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    My feelings are that small towns as well as big cities, given the ascending price of homes today, along with the increasing number of people who have no work as AI/robotization increasingly replaces jobs held by people for whom there is no or only low paid work, that places for homeless people in desperate need should be set aside and tents and other forms of shelter, as well as restrooms with shower facilities, be set up and made available. Many of those who are employed today need to work two to three jobs in order to make enough to afford rent payments due to the low wages paid by companies whose administrators are making as much as 350 times the average employee. So, let us please not blame these people for their homelessness and have a heart.


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    Carrie Marc

    Third word countries (as if we haven’t become one) even do not criminalize the peeo or people for feeding them. I mean wth? The St. Boniface church in San Francisco is doing what all churches should do if they follow their own teachings. If they are lookinging for converts then this is a step in the right direction.

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      Like your reference to this descending into a Third World country, Carrie. With our ranking of being 34th in terms of education, this is an indication of just how far the USofA has fallen. And the high tech jobs of today demand education.