Monthly Archives: August 2015

Just Some News

Firstly, I want to apologize for not writing. I have been away on what is called “Holiday” across the pond. We here in the States call it “Vacation”. It seems that the vacation just lined up back to back and took too much of my time.

Secondly, I have to admit that the vacation cycle is not over. There is still a two-week jaunt yet to come so it I will still be absent.

However, that being said, I do have some news from last month’s board meeting.

We have decided to hold the meetings only in Roseville. With the death of Jerry Bablyon and the fact that his wife, Junia, has decided to take a less active role in the group, the two remaining people in Auburn decided to make the drive to Roseville every month not every other month. So, for the time being, the meetings will be only in the Roseville place. The meeting schedule is still the same.

Last month was a very interesting meeting. We spent most of the time listening to older members give their views about the move out of Stagustad park and to an “approved” site in Roseville. Let me say that, while we will listen to everyone and everyone has a voice, their views were directly opposite the current board of directors. Their views were to (1) stay in the park; (2) move to the front of the park and out of the back where we are now; and (3) fight the city tooth and nail over the issue.

While this is a good opinion; it is not shared by the current members of the board who feel that (1) the city of Roseville is offering us a place in good faith; (2) the site is not that far removed from the present place where we serve during the week; and (3) confrontation is not a good idea. It is best to accept their offer and be good neighbors. While the city of Roseville and us do not see “eye to eye” on the homeless situation, they are offering us a workable solution to the issue. It is something that we can agree upon. It is in the best interest of both parties. And to just snub their offers is not only a bad idea, it is not who we are. We are here to help people and we can’t do that if we are constantly fighting the city over this issue.

So, it has taken some time to work out the agreement between the city of Roseville and What Would Jesus Do?, Inc. But, as of last month’s meeting, the draft was acceptable and we have agreed to sign it. It should have been signed by now and we are going to move out of the park and over to the cemetery lot as soon as it can be cleared and prepared by the city to accommodate us.

I, for one, am happy that the issue can finally be put to rest in peace. Perhaps it needs a grave marker too.

“You’ve Got A Friend”

I heard this song the other day. It reminded me of things years ago when I heard it for the first time. Of course I was younger and did not pay attention to the real meaning of the song. It was just a cute melody.

I know that I try not to bring much religion into my articles. They are much more related to our customers, the poor and homeless. However, when I heard the song the other day, I could not help but think of the meaning of the words. I invite you to read the lyrics slowly and carefully. Take your time and think about what the song is saying. It is a great inspirational piece and worthy of buying the James Taylor rendition from your favorite song provider.

I hope that even the homeless can think of the song. They all need a friend, very many friends. The song sings of God’s love for everyone, no matter who they are, how much money they have, or where they live.


“You’ve Got A Friend”
by Carole King

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.