Ardell first came to us for help in 1987. He was so ashamed of what had become of his life that he would ask others to pick up a plate in the dining room and bring it to him. Over time, he realized that no one was judging him. He said it was then that he was able to start focusing on changing himself. Ardell utilized our services off and on until 1996, when he entered a treatment program. June 6, 2016, marks the 20th anniversary of that decision and the last day Ardell took a drink. Ardell has been working for San Joaquin County for 18 years. He comes by St. Mary’s Dining Room periodically with donations or to help out at the front gate. On behalf of Ardell and everyone here at St. Mary’s Dining Room, we thank you, our community, for your continued support.
There are over 111,000 people in San Joaquin County that face food insecurity; over 54,000 of them are children.
Our dental and medical clinics provide health care and help navigate MediCal applications for guests who are uninsured.
Illiteracy, mental and physical health issues, financial literacy, substance abuse and recovery are only a handful of the many barriers when dealing with poverty issues.