The following is an explanation written by Katie Chaney of Dovetail Ministries when asked who we were. I felt she “said it all.”
Job’s Shelter of the Sierra (JSS) & Feeding And Inspiring The Homeless (F.A.I.T.H.)
What they are doing to help the least fortunate citizens of El Dorado County.
These persons, the Homeless, are our neighbors, our citizens, our children of God who He asks us to treat as we would Him. Matthew 25:40 and 45.
Working in conjunction with one another, JSS (Job’s Shelter of the Sierra) and FAITH (Feeding and Inspiring the Homeless), complement each other providing food and supplies to those whom are unable to provide for themselves. Serving the homeless and the working poor, these two organizations collect and distribute goods based solely on the donations of the good people of El Dorado County.
JSS was created by Ron Sachs, and three others, after he saw a growing need to provide for an ever increasing number of homeless in the County of El Dorado. Having been homeless himself at one point in his life, Ron has developed a compassionate heart for those less fortunate than himself. Unpaid, he works daily to collect and distribute items the homeless require to maintain at least a minimum level of survival and creature comforts. Items such as clothing, socks, shoes, candles, tents, tarps, toiletries, hygiene products, are always in high demand and supplies run thin quickly.
The JSS works with the Lyons Club program of El Dorado to provide free eye exams and glasses to those who need them. Medicinal needs are met by Doc Deb. She is a naturalist practitioner, who provides salves and ointments to cover the multitude of skin ailments. Homeless citizens are sometimes forced to wear the same clothes for days or weeks at a time, sometimes longer. This adds to a great many skin and other disease issues. She has the cures. The JSS also works with a group called Only Kindness, Inc. whom has taken on the growing task of picking up and dumping trash from area homeless encampments. It’s a way to help disease from spreading throughout these encampments and staying on top of it aids to allowing citizens to continue to reside there.
It is the ultimate goal of the JSS, working with a coalition of caring groups, to acquire property to build adequate housing for homeless citizens in El Dorado County who want to better themselves, whereby programs can be offered to integrate its residents back into society with dignity and purpose.
F.A.I.T.H. is a community outreach program hosted by the Foothills United Methodist Church located in Rescue, CA. This program was created by Mike Parr and is maintained by both area Food Bank of ED County services and many voluntary willing hands from several faith-based and non-faith based organizations located in and around El Dorado County. This volunteer program provides home prepared, hot meals delivered to several locations around the county daily in an effort to serve food to those that reside in homeless encampments and cannot provide for themselves. This program provides food once daily and offers nutritious alternative to fast foods.
Pop top canned goods are also collected and distributed daily to those whom have embedded themselves deep into the wilderness and cannot make it out to participate in the food service programs. In this instance, Ron provides these cans to those persons three times per week.
The JSS and F.A.I.T.H. organizations are in need of and are grateful for any monetary or other contributions made. While items are solicited for and collected on a daily basis, prayer is the most sought after request both organizations are requesting from the community.
Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:45 “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”
Please send any contributions Socks, tents, summer clothes, etc.
JSS/FAITH Foothills UMC
PO Box 1839 3301 Green Valley Rd.
Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9998 Rescue/Cameron Park, CA. 95672