• Kristy Moore

Second Annual Homeless Resource Fair Coming in May

Courtesy of staff writer - Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County’s 2nd Annual Homeless Resource Fair is modeled after what Veterans call a Stand Down. In civilian terms, a camp-out with doctors and resources onsite.

Dozens of organizations will gather together in a horse shoe of services, providing a central area within for group activities, community fellowship and the distribution of clothing and relevant gear. Six meals will be provided, donated by local businesses who are committed to meeting the evolving needs of our rural community.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, to 6 p.m. Monday, May 20 at Detert Park in Jackson.

Amador County is not unique in facing rising numbers of residents dealing with homelessness. We are, however, unique in our ability to, as the Marines say, “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.”

The Homeless Resource Fair seeks to ensure that Amador County residents facing homelessness are able to do just that, overcome.

“For too long our instinct has been to ‘other’ people, but the reality here is someone’s grandma is sleeping in her car tonight. We want to make sure she has what she needs to make it through the night. Yes, for many of us, being homeless is unfathomable. But, no one needs to feel alone on that journey,” said Tyx Pulskamp of Jackson.

Resources are available locally for a wide variety of needs, but when facing the acute impacts of being homeless, it’s almost impossible to keep track of which agency provides what resource, where they are located and when they want you to be there to initiate requests to access those services. This event serves to bring local service agencies, community and faith-based organizations together in one place connecting them with local folks who need them most.

Medical studies have shown the distinct strain living without sleep for a prolonged period of time has on the human brain as well as our bodies. During the duration of this event, the park is approved of by the City of Jackson as a Safe-Sleep place for individuals in tents or cars.

Please note, participants must check in at the event 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to participate.

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