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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center will be hosting its first barbecue fundraiser at the center and proceeds will go toward enhancing the place where hundreds of homeless get a daily hot breakfast and lunch.
Deborah Leary, chairwoman with the homeless center, said she is excited to have community members visit the center on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 316 Baker Street.
"Many people don't know where we are located at and with this fundraiser, the community will be able to see what we are about and hopefully continue to support us in the future," Leary said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Leary said she wanted the community to understand that the center is not a shelter. It's a daily facility run by volunteers that provides breakfast, lunch, showers, and clothing. The center closes at 2:30 p.m. and nobody sleeps there overnight, she said.
Richard Beene, Californian president and CEO, asked Leary what her thoughts were on a recent opinion letter written in the Californian about the fundraiser. An excerpt from the letter reads--"are we displacing the homeless people to raise money for them, or just trying to rub their noses in their misfortune of being homeless."
"We aren't putting it an anybody's face," Leary said. "Many of our local homeless that come in daily are excited about it and have even asked if they could help set up for the barbecue because they know the proceeds will improve the facility."
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door, at St. Vincent's Thrift store or by calling Leary at 872-1543. Valet parking and take out will be available.