New Times Staff Photographer Kaori Funahashi spent an afternoon at San Luis Obispo's Prado Day Center. The center provides support services, food, and case management for SLO County's homeless men, women, and children.
I was at the edge of homelesness in 2010 and signed up with Prado Day Center and was met with dignity and respect and never was treated "less than" by any of the staff or people there. They went over everything with me, how we can get our laundry done in exchange for a small chore, food provided by an awesome restaurant, showers for a small chore and many other services available. I felt at ease knowing I would be able to eat.
There was also a man there that had a great set-up in his car for sleeping and I had an SUV as well (not as big as his) and could kind of work the same thing out with mine and he explained to me what I needed to do, I'll always appreciate that.
They do close at 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. every day (unless that has changed since 2010) and there are homeless shelters and churches. I had planned to sleep in my SUV because I was scared - even to sleep in my SUV, but more scared of being attacked in my sleep or something. It's happened to me before.
I feel grateful that we have Prado Day Center to go to (must sign up in order to be able to go there unless that's changed since 2010)
Very nice, fair and friendly folks that work (or volunteer?) there. Again, I am very grateful that we have in San Luis Obispo County the Prado Day Center.
Although I received help to find a small, inexpensive studio in the NICK of time, literally, I never ended up using the Prado Day Center other than to hang out that one day and have lunch with the folks there.
If you are able to donate to Prado Day Center, I would highly recommend them as someone to donate too! It is SO comforting to know there will be a place that you can eat and even hang out with people in the same situation (at least until 4:00 or 4:30).
Thank you Prado Day Center! Even though the disability came through JUST in time to find my small studio that I still live in and I have food and shelter, I feel comforted knowing you are there and you are all wonderful people and work very hard at what you do and are very friendly! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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