Home is the dearest spot on earth for many of us. Home is peace; home is comfort filled with memories, meals, and meaningful times.
For many farmers who travel here from countries south of the border, their jobs are the most important elements of their lives. And sadly, they left family members back home in Mexico, El Salvador, or Guatemala.
But they have to come. The wages they can make here in a day is the same as what they make in a week in Mexico. They can send the money back home and support their children. So when the farming season is over, they can go back and be with their families.
But everyone needs a home here, now. That\’s why some owners of the farms put together a self-funded collaborative to provide beds for the farmers. The farmers have to get up early in the morning, such as 3 or 4, and are then provided a home cooked meal available from 4 to 6. They then head out to their workday and then have their own special bed when they return home.
What\’s so important about this? The farmers love it. They queue up every year to try to get one of the available beds. While there aren\’t enough, it\’s a step in the right direction.
I laud these farm owners who are coming together to help provide a home, meals and respite for their workers. They are watching out for them, caring for them, just as we want to be watched out and cared for. They help them beyond simply offering a job.
Home is the dearest spot on earth. May we provide a bed, a meal, a shoulder, and a listening ear to all who need it. Can you find someone you can do this for, today?