New changes implemented in our community as well most communities across the nation have made basic necessities increasingly difficult for many lower-income citizens to afford and acquire. The loss of jobs coupled with the cost of living staying the same makes a bad combination that unfortunately many people are having to live with. However, many organizations have begun to come to the rescue. Despite certain state rules needing to be followed, one such organization, Eastside Christian Church has found ways to help those who need it.
Many people who have lost their incomes due to their inability to go to work have lost many resources as well as the ability to do and get certain things. One thing that has become more difficult is going grocery shopping and obtaining food. Many local kitchens have opened their doors to people who now can’t get food as readily as before. Should people need food and a place to eat it they can find that place at one of the many of the kitchens set up across the county. Eastside Church has also been more than happy to help out by donating 60 pizzas to one such kitchen in Anaheim.
Eastside Church has also, in a way, opened its doors for the homeless community in the surrounding area. Many counties have begun making trailer parks in large unused parking lots so that the homeless have a place to stay during this time of isolation and stress. Eastside regulars and staff members have donated some of their own furnishings and other items to make the trailers feel like more of a home for these people who don’t have one.
Due to the fear of infection many people in the country now hold it has become increasingly difficult to find medical masks for healthcare officials and hospitals, the people who need them the most. Eastside has made opportunities for its members and others who would like to help out to make masks for these people who are putting their lives directly in danger to help those who need it.
In these trying times, it’s very difficult to stay positive and keep one’s mental state as healthy as it can be. Eastside has pulled together many options for people who need a pick me up. They have started a plan to call members and guests and talk to them one on one. These phone calls could include counseling sessions, keeping the other person company, or getting them help based on their needs. Many people quarantined on their own just need another person to talk to while others need help and aren’t sure how or where to get it in times like these. These calls can direct them to places that can do more for a person than a single phone conversation. Another option they have to support the continued good health of people’s mental state is daily messages from the head pastor. These videos contain words of motivation and different activities some could do to pass the time while in their houses. This choice, however, is more of a religious option since it is from the head pastor, but it is still a great option for those who should choose to watch as a morale booster.
No matter the religious affiliation one holds it still brings hope to many to see the community banding together and helping out where it’s needed.