Pleasanton Family in Need


It was a sign just like this in the hands of the young Hispanic man standing with his wife and two small children in front of the Pleasanton post office when I arrived there in early October. I stopped to share information with them about the food pantries and Open Heart Kitchen serving sites that are located close by. I wanted them to know they didn’t need to use donations for food needs; they could concentrate on the rent issue. In communicating the best we could, I came to understand they had moved from Southern California for work that didn’t happen and that it would really be best if they could get back to relatives and familiar ground in Southern California. They were living at Motel 6 and had $15 for the night’s room cost.

I ran through CityServe options and realized we were very close to Valley Community Church, and I had just worked with a deacon there to be part of a CityServe team helping another individual. I even had the deacon’s cell phone number in my phone! I called him and said, “We really need someone who can speak Spanish to talk with this man.”  Amazingly, he spoke Spanish!! Within one hour, the family had followed me to Valley Community Church where the couple met with the deacon and received gasoline and grocery store gift cards to get them “home.”

The couple repeated over and over “God bless you.”