I am a USAF veteran who never experienced homelessness until I returned back to Riverside, CA. In August 2005, I was living with my Aunt near University California Riverside, not realizing that the multitudes of people caring backpacks were not students until I became a member of that population in 2006. After four years of paying at least half of my social security check to various persons who would rent a room to me.
Moving forward to June 2014, when I briefly found my self homeless again, the VA homeless program found me a home a the Salvation Army Bell Shelter, where I volunteered in their small vegetable garden. Mrs. Alma Martinez, associate director of the shelter recognized my talents and offered me a small section of land approx 1,150 sq ft of land to produce healthy vegetables for the homeless. My responsibility was to do it at my own expense.
We are very excited about our new location which approx four times the size of our original spot. I would like to thank the Feel Good Salsa company of Long Beach for their support along with several others including this magazine.
5600 K Street Bell California 90201 (Campus of Salvation Army Bell Shelter for the homeless)