Shannon is a carpenter by trade, but he has always been drawn to opportunities where he could help others. After recovering from Covid-19 during the height of the pandemic, he realized how Covid had negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. Shannon began working with a boarding house in Martinez which houses 12 disabled men who suffer from mental illness or other life challenges by helping them with laundry and other basic needs.
Shannon learned about Loaves and Fishes through a friend and now comes to the Martinez Dining Room every day (7 days week) to pick up 12 lunches and bags of groceries for the residents of the boarding house. He reports that the men really appreciate the hot and nutritious meal every day and it helps to give structure to their daily lives. Many of the men live on a limited income and the Loaves and Fishes’ lunch gives them a solid meal every day.
As Shannon says, “Helping others isn’t always easy. Loaves and Fishes has made a big difference to our residents.” We are grateful that Shannon has partnered with Loaves and Fishes to extend a helping hand to members of our community.