Fairy Dogmothers and Nick

Nancy and Rosemary pictured here have been dubbed the fairy dogmothers to the downtown dogs. Did you know that many members of the homeless community have dogs? The dogs provide companionship as well as protection. The Burrito Boyz distribute close to fifty pounds of dog food each Sunday. Nancy and Rosemary have taken on the responsibility of organizing Sunday volunteers in bagging indivual portions of food to be distributed downtown. They are also finding donations of dog treats. Nancy told me last week  she now has her children donating money so she can buy a variety of dog treats. In addition to dog food, we also have cat food on hand, although we see few cats on Sundays. Thank you Nancy and Rosemary!

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Burrito Boyz, Cole and Joe, are joined with Nick and JR, our newest volunteers.

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The Burrito Boyz have had the pleasure of welcoming Nick as a volunteer. Another very inpirational volunteer, Nick  is a former foster youth who is a dedicated young man, working hard to build a future for himself despite the hardships he faced in his childhood, growing up in a series of foster homes.  Nick is currently working at the Boys and Girls club and attending classes at SD City College. Thank you, Nick, for joining us!!!

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JR Helps Out

The Burrito Boyz welcome JR who is seen here with Evan, passing out Burritos. JR has joined us for the last two weeks and has been very inspirational to all the Burrito Boyz volunteers. JR grew up in a military family and lived in 5 different countries during his childhood.  He recently came from New York and is working to rebuild his career in San Diego.  He is attending classes at SD City College and volunteers his time with homeless programs. We are so fortunate he has chosen to work with us. Thanks, JR!

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McKayla and Aurora are wonderful with children. Here they each have someone to read to.

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Week two of Kidz Korner found Terry with attentive listeners to a story. They didn’t get to the end of the book so they are looking forward to continuing the story next week.

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New Kidz Korner Opens

The Kidz Korner is now open at the Burrito Boyz first stop downtown. We have always had juice, snacks, and books for the children we see each Sunday, but we have now set up a comfy place in the parking lot where kids can grab a juice box, a stuffed toy, and sit down to listen to a story.  Terry, who has volunteered for the past two years, and her daughters McKayla and Aurora have taken on this project, doing a wonderful job catering to the needs of the youngest members of the community we serve. It is heartwarming to watch these kids, who are quite content to listen to stories being read to them or happy to read to us. In two weeks the Kidz Korner has become a very popular addition to what we do downtown. Thank you, Terry, McKayla and Aurora!

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The Originals get a Day Off

For only the 4th time in 66 weeks, the original “Burrito Boys” had the Sunday off! In their place, the Girl Scouts came back to Long Island Mike’s Pizza to make and deliver 185 Egg & Cheese Burritos. They did a great job in the kitchen, but they were absolutely wonderful while delivering to a very appreciative crowd! Thank you Girl Scouts!