|THE MAKING OF "VETERANS'
Contact For the Local Affiliated Project in
Marc Knipper MSW
Patti's Mission Statement
The purpose of Patti's Wagons is to reach Veterans and others in need, homeless, hungry and cold. Over the course of
several years, I have provided food, clothing and supplies utilizing my vans to distribute these. rural areas of Humboldt - Del
Norte Counties to deliver to homeless food, socks, shoes, blankets, warm clothes, tents, sleeping bags and anything that will
help those in need stay warm and out of the elements. I am trying to provide enough provisions to keep our homeless vets as
healthy as possible. In the process of serving and giving hope to Veterans, we also give hope and courage to all Homeless
and disenfranchised folks on the streets, in the woods and around our community. We are giving them Love, Hope and
Encouragement and are helping them to make steps to help themselves, creating hope and truly loving each individual, giving
them the strength to go through another day.
I truly believe in the miracle of the fishes and loaves nearly three years ago the first stand down was put on at Ferndale Fair
Grounds and I was involved in the kitchen. It was a great experience and I was encouraged to see so many Veterans helped
by the services provided, and the joy and comradely the was generated there gave so much hope for our vets. Yet some
Vets continued to live outside and with services being cut I started to meet our vets out in a parking lot and as a result found
hundreds of hungry people on the streets in Arcata. That is how it all started. We also started a Vets dinner for approximately
three months witch brought our vets together and at first it was a great thing. Even though it didn't work out for that building
we will be doing things like that soon with the weather improving. So many times I have went out on total faith and there is
always enough food. Sometimes I panic but somehow there is always enough. One time I was asked to go out for someone
to feed but when I arrived at the location there were close to 100 people and the crowd was loud and some were getting
figidy. I only had 35 SANDWICHES but somehow those sandwiches cut in half and the soup and two cookies apiece
everyone ate that showed up...even the last person that wondered in got a sandwich and the last scrapings of the pan of
soup.... and as the crowd moved away grateful and full... there on the ground was a very tired Pete who had fallen to sleep on
the cement.... some kind person had shared their food with him...I bent down near his head and prayed for him as he slept.
This is just one of many stories that inspires me to keep going. Please keep us in your prayers as we serve those who we
are told to serve...our own country was built on this premise...
"Give me your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breath free.... Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
Quote from the Statue of Liberty.