Partner Profile: God’s Warehouse, Part II

God's Warehouse During Tuesday Afternoon Distribution, Photo Taken by Matthew "Matt" Young, February 23rd, 2016.

God’s Warehouse During Tuesday Afternoon Distribution,
Photo Taken by Matthew “Matt” Young, February 23rd, 2016.

“See, I lived on the streets, not far from here for more than 20 years,” Orlando opened up. “It was only in the last couple of years when I was referred to Healthcare for the Homeless, and eventually there, recommended to God’s Warehouse in my life.”

— Orlando G., God’s Warehouse Client & Volunteer

*To learn more background about the operations & services of God’s Warehouse and to catch up with Part I of our Partner Profile, visit last week’s blog feature “Partner Profile: God’s Warehouse, Part I” at: http://www.rrfb.org/partner-profile-gods-warehouse-part-i/  .  

We switch up positions, as Vivian heads back out to the serving floor and Orlando takes a seat in Vivian’s office. Orlando G., with his greying crew cut of hair and deeply tanned, stubbled face starts speaking in raspy, energetic tones of what brought him to God’s Warehouse.

“See, I lived on the streets, not far from here for more than 20 years,” Orlando opened up. “It was only in the last couple of years when I was referred to Healthcare for the Homeless, and eventually there, recommended to God’s Warehouse in my life.”

Alongside being homeless for decades, Orlando shared about how he fought through drug addiction to be “freed” from the cycle 15 years ago. Orlando also noted how he’s remained sober for over two years to date. Serious accomplishments for a man served time in prison two times for drug charges.

“That was beyond rough,” Orlando said, “and the first of a series of wake-up calls.”

 

A Food Box at God's Warehouse With Fresh Asparagus, Photo Taken by Matthew "Matt" Young, February 23rd, 2016.

A Food Box at God’s Warehouse With Fresh Asparagus,
Photo Taken by Matthew “Matt” Young, February 23rd, 2016.

 

In early 2015, Orlando arrived at God’s Warehouse to pick up a food box. Vivian almost immediately noticed Orlando’s decisiveness with what food he needed, albeit this meant Orlando was confrontational at times. After pulling him aside and having a longer talk together, Vivian successfully suggested that Orlando should begin volunteering at the weekly food distribution.  Now over a year into his service, Orlando volunteers weekly and is now taking part in a New Mexico Department of Vocational Rehabilitation program to find meaningful employment.

As we start to leave, we notice above Vivian’s desk two eight-foot columns, which depict the 12 Steps of God’s Word and Narcotics Anonymous. Among them, we noticed one step, Step #4, which reads:

4) Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 

May we all be inspired and motivated by the work of Narelle, Vivian, Orlando, and all of our partner agency staff & all of our hungry New Mexico neighbors who challenge us to conduct a “searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves” and our dedication to solve hunger across New Mexico!

Matthew “Matt” Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To comment on this or other blog features, you can comment directly below; call Matthew at (505) 349-8845; or e-mail Matthew at matthew.young@rrfb.org. 

 



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