This month, we also welcomed Shelley and Gisella who came to help sign people up for the ACA and were able to help a couple of people with this and answer Medi-Cal questions. Thank you so very much to all of our volunteers and their wide-open hearts.
Our guests span a wide range of situations. A frequent (and prolific) washer comes from Egypt and has brought several of her friends, both Christian and Muslim. One woman worked as a personal chef until an injury and illness disabled her. Two older men have found their home among a copse of trees near a freeway ("You can't even see it from the street!"), and a woman new to us this evening who lives in her van.
For me, it is the older and more compromised people who tug at my heart, women and men without a permanent residence. So many things I barely give thought to become part of the daily struggle for these folks. One man, too mentally ill to live well with others, stays in his truck with his two dogs. He became gravely ill with the flu, suffering from both upper respiratory and GI problems. He had no bathroom to use and no water to drink. For me, the flu is miserable and inconvenient, but I have a bathroom and bed and water at the ready. A fever can be brought down with some aspirin or other medicine. I can lie in bed and shake out the fever and chills. I don't have to listen to rain pelt the aluminum roof of the camper shell and drip onto my soaked bedding as I burn up with fever. So here the people who come have people who care about them, who listen, and who also help with laundry. Sometimes we get to do more and see a little bit of change in someone's life. In the two and a half years that we've done LaundryLove in HB, we have expanded our regular services to groceries and a meal. A couple of months ago, a barber moved in next to the laundromat and cuts hair for the guests.
So if you feel like helping us, come on down. The event is held on the second Wednesday of every month at the laundromat on the corner of Beach and Garfield next to the Honey Baked Ham store. If you can't come down, but still wish to help, you can tap the donate button on this page and help support us. No matter what, we thank you all so very much. Next LaundryLove HB is Wednesday, April 9 at 7 PM. Hope to see you there!