The most dangerous habit for your health is lack of sleep especially for the homeless without a place to crash.
Every day in the sanctuary of St. Boniface church in San Francisco, about 225 homeless people find some rest and safety in the pews of this church.
In 2004, due to the increasing number of homeless people who needs shelter, a Gubbio Project was co-founded by community activists Shelly Roder and Father Louis Vitale as a non-denominational project of St. Boniface Neighborhood Center located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
On the site of the Gubbio Project it says: “No questions are asked when our guests walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one has ever turned away; all are welcomed, respected, and treated with dignity.”
“The Gubbio Project offers a place for the homeless to rest and eat within the church’s walls. No one has ever turned away, and all are treated with dignity.”
The project uses the 2/3 back of the sanctuary and the church uses the 1/3 front for church-goers to celebrate daily mass.
The organization said: “This sends a powerful message to our unhoused neighbors – they are in essence part of the community, not to be kicked out when those with homes come in to worship,” the Gubbio project added: “It also sends a message to those attending mass – the community includes the tired, the poor, those with mental health issues and those who are wet, cold and dirty.”
The church provides anything for the homeless from warm blankets to massage services to socks and hygiene kits.