In response to the two letters regarding the possibility of a Safe Stay Community being housed on the vacant lot between Daniels Street and Esther Street: My husband Dave Slocum and I have served hot meals and performed veterinarian services for pets every Sunday afternoon to homeless folks in the area from our big red truck for 10 years. We’re careful to clean up after the dinner so we hope we aren’t on any list of complaints. Our number of guests were very large for many years, but have dwindled to very few in the last two years because of the establishment of the Safe Stay Community known as the Outpost on 51st and 112th, the community known as Hope Village on Fourth Plain and 49th, and the safe park on 135th and East 18th.
Many of the folks who came to us for dinner are now housed in one of these villages and doing well.
The communities are not an eyesore in any way, and the residents are proud of their homes. These folks are no longer living in tents on parking strips. I suggest anyone doubting the validity of the Safe Stay Community pay either of the two a visit. Please have compassion for this project. It’s really working!