“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry” – Muhammad (PBUH)
How many times have we seen heartbreaking signs like this and said to ourselves, “I wish I could do something for this person”? Well, now we can!
According to HUD, there are approximately 35,000 homeless people in the Bay Area. In San Francisco, estimates put the number between 7,000-15,000, which is the highest per capita rate of homelessness in any major American city.
On the Stress of Being Homeless
“Are we going to wake up in the morning? Are we going to wake up in the morning and have to move our stuff? Are we going to get food for the day?” These questions haunt all homeless people everyday.
Since 2007, the local chapter of ICNA has been in the forefront of serving the most-needy across the Bay Area with nourishing hot meals. The food is cooked fresh in the morning, carefully packed in single serving boxes, and delivered in a truck – equipped with food warmers, to places where the homeless people gather. Once there, it serves as a brick-and-mortar soup kitchen, serving the people with a smile. We call it MERCY ON WHEELS.
Our volunteers gather every other Saturday to serve 700+ needy people. The below diagram provides a visual representation of the overall process from start to finish.
Living in the street brings a lot of uncertainty, helping them to ensure one of these challenges even for one day changes their day into a happy moment. You can see this in the smile of relief on their faces. Mercy On Wheels is not just feeding them a meal but making their day little bit better.
“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Tabarani)