Right about the time our Mayor placed in effect the Homeless feeding ordinance I chose to take maternity leave from Noah’s Kitchen. I was almost 8 months pregnant with my rainbow child, Connor, and working full time (during the week) on my feet was definitely taking a toll on me. I figured I was due a bit of rest ;) I also hoped that the time would give me the opportunity to plan a workaround for the feeding ordinance as well.
There has been no overturn of the ordinance and it is still ILLEGAL to feed the homeless. BUT in order to enforce the ordinance there has to be a task force set in place and that still hasn’t been done. I’m not willing to risk fines for my volunteers so I have been handing out food, water, and toiletries myself. I’ve only done it twice Downtown and most of this year I’ve “expanded” our feedings to Montgomery county- mainly the Conroe Area. It’s been a slow year and even though our feedings and volunteers have been limited, we’re still out helping our less fortunate neighbor.
Back in April our friend Trey Sullivan once again invited us to be the beneficiary for their annual 1/2 Celso charity crawfish boil. Killer crawfish, beer, and family fun. Almost $5000 was raised and we’ve put it to good use since then!
NEXT month we’re having another fundraiser thrown by one of awesome volunteers, Lee Anne (and her Father Frankie) at The BFE Rock Club on Sunday, October 13 from 2pm-10pm. Food and drink specials will be offered with the benefit tickets. There will be an auction and raffle. If anyone has anything they’d like to donate to the auction, it would help a lot. If not, donations of non-perishable food, toiletries, clothing and blankets is welcome for distribution to the homeless. There’s more information to come in near future!!!
If you’re interested in volunteering with me please email or call me. Also once a month Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless meetings are held in Conroe. If you’d like to join me in collaboration, everyone’s welcome!