Dear Friends,

First United Methodist Church in Salinas hosts a Neighborhood Services Center (NSC) for those who are homeless or struggling to stay in their housing. The building is open six days a week from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM for breakfast and lunch, mail service, restrooms, clothes room, art room, computer room, telephone, and hygiene items. There are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings on the church grounds every single day as well as once a week veterans …
support and mobile health clinic. We also have case workers who use our office space to meet with and assist some of our guests.


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Renovations

Dear Church,

Thanks to Josh’s fine attention to detail and commitment to beauty, we have another area in the education building that has been transformed into a delightful and usable office space. Room 4, which often serves as an emergency resting place, or the place we have to offer shelter for a time for a guest who has helped with chores, has been repaired, repainted and officially renovated.

We found ourselves in need of some additional office space. With three of us meeting with guests or core volunteers, the room in the resource room often felt not private enough. With the renovation of room 4, we now have another area for any of us to meet with someone for the ongoing work of referrals and helping guests take the next step. Thanks to some help from Nancy Hunter, who found a lovely area rug, and the Aschenbrenner’s who knew someone who had a large, conference room-sized table that needed a home, along with a desk that came from who knows where, we were able to set up another office area for meetings.

Besides creating an office area, we also have


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Step by Step, Bit by Bit

Dear Church,

My commute route takes me through the old Fort Ord, along Seventh Street, through the emerging CSUMB. For several month now, there has been a demolition project happening to some old, cinder-block and cement buildings along Seventh Street. They are two-story buildings, four rows of them, sturdy, strong, probably built to withstand a mortar attack. First, they erected a green cyclone fence around the whole area, with the “hard hat only” restriction signs around the whole perimeter. Then, a whole team of folks went to work on the insides. They took out all the windows, the window frames, all of the interior parts and pieces that were not structural. This work went on for months and very little of it was visible from outside the green fence.

I had a weekday off and when I next drove by,


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         Cindy Storrs    NSC Administrator