Kenneth Mendenhall: Modesto homeless denied access to vigil

December 25, 2013 

Every year, we homeless people attend a vigil at the Salvation Army winter shelter to honor our fallen brothers and sisters who have died on the streets of this fine city.

This year, we were told to be there one hour earlier to check in on the day the vigil was to be held. Naturally we assumed we would attend our annual rite. Not only were we wrong, but we were excluded from the vigil and were told that if we did attend, we would not be allowed to have a bed to sleep in that night.

Why? What stinks worse?

The death of homeless men and women who have died on the streets of Modesto, or the hypocrisy of the chain of command who pretends to care?

KENNETH MENDENHALL

Modesto

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