Kelli Ott: Don’t fault homeless in Modesto – help them

May 4, 2014 

Regarding “Handouts aren’t helping panhandlers” (Letters, May 2): I agree with the writer that we have an increasing need in Modesto for those struggling with homelessness. But instead of driving by in your car with your trunk full of groceries on your way to your air-conditioned home, why not stop judging and start doing? Did you ever think that perhaps the people with their hands out would rather not be there? Or do you think that when they are asking for food for themselves or their kids or their dogs that they are “just faking it”? By the way, a dog can be a lifesaver when you are on the street, as a protector and a deterrent from those who wish to do harm. They need food, too.

We have an incredible ministry here in Modesto called Church in the Park. We provide food and clothes and hygiene packs and worship every Sunday at Beard Brook Park at 11:30 a.m. I invite you and anyone else who is frustrated at the homeless to come on out and help. Try a little kindness instead of judgment.

KELLI OTT

Modesto

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