Last week Riverbank Vice Mayor Luis Uribe and Thelma Louise with Riverbank Homeless Ministry hosted a Picnic in the Park at the Community Center Park for the homeless community in Riverbank. They provided food and discussed some upcoming projects and programs.
“I have been working with Thelma for over a year doing outreach with our homeless to build that relationship that is critical to building trust,” said Uribe.
He stated that one of the main projects discussed was the transitional housing at 3344 Sierra Street. Cambridge Academies will be the organization that will operate the transitional housing project.
“I think the picnic was a success,” remarked City Councilmember Darlene Barber-Martinez. “I’m excited that our city is helping those that are unhoused and are in need of services. The property and the anticipated programs will be a welcomed path to help those in need.”
There were approximately 50 people in attendance along with other religious organizations. The city provided watermelons, bananas, ice and water for the event. Monica Bravo-Perez with Farmers Insurance also donated some goods for the event including socks and underwear.
“It was attended by a number of wonderful community members, churches and nonprofits who have a heart for our homeless population and want to see ways that we can work together to provide support to that group,” added City Manager Sean Scully.