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What success looks like

Meet Matthew

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We met Matthew awhile back when he was living in his car at The Plaza. He was invited to join us at Lunch in the Plaza but was a little reserved. After some time, he would occasionally join us and visit. After being on the streets for a year, Matthew got back on his feet and into housing, so we hadn’t heard from him in awhile. Today he sent over a note and came by to visit. This is what he had to say:

That day we met was so impactful positively. It reminded me i was human again. I was down and broken. Can’t tell you how hateful people can be. I understand the criminal transients are just overrunning Chico. But there are a vast majority like myself who either got back on their feet or are trying.

What a difference we can all make, reaching out to others. I wonder what Chico would look like if everyone connected with just one person in need? Matthew has worked hard to get where he is today. Yes, he had help from a few individuals, but it was his inner drive that got him where he is today!