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You call him homeless, we call him Steve…

Dec 02, 2019 01:05PM ● By Paul Spear

You call him homeless, we call him Steve…

Every Saturday morning at the IB Neighborhood Center at 4th and Palm in Imperial Beach about a dozen homeless men and women trickle into the basement for a chance for breakfast, coffee, and a warm shower.


It’s a lively group sharing stories and good humor glad to be out of the cold. The women of the Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center greet each person by name like long lost friends and spend time fussing over them. Sometimes jackets and sweatshirts are given out.  Sometimes it’s a toothbrush or shampoo. Always it’s given out with smiles and lots of love. 

For 2 hours each Saturday, the homeless of our community are given a break from living on the street where they can relax and be treated with respect.  They always leave with a bag lunch and a smile on their face.

Volunteering with the IB Neighborhood Center has been a heartwarming experience.  My faith in humanity is always restored when I see people being kind to other people who need a lot of kindness and understanding. I’m ashamed to say whenever I leave I think that if my life had been different if I’d taken a couple of wrong turns, I might have been homeless myself.

That’s why I am giving generously to the IB Neighborhood Center this year.  Please support us in any way you can.  Attend our fundraiser “Christmas at the Beach” on December 7th, 5-7PM at Camp Surf.  Please go to for details.  Help us support the poor and homeless in our community.


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