BART, Salvation Army To Give Away 2,000 Sandwiches, 1,000 Hygiene Kits To Homeless At Civic Center Station

May 14, 2019 16:00 pm · 40 comments

BART and the Salvation Army will be conducting homeless outreach at the Civic Center station in San Francisco this week.

On Thursday, BART staff will join nearly 60 Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers at the Civic Center station. They will distribute approximately 2,000 sandwiches, 1,000 hygiene kits and 800 pairs of socks.

Salvation Army caseworkers will also be on site to help enroll people in need at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center for alcohol and chemical dependency detox and treatment.

WC May 14, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Make sure they keep coming back for more. Genius!

Anonymous May 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

So what do they do once the sandwich is gone and hygeine kit is sold for drugs? This literally does nothing but keep them around. Like throwing a piece of bread to a pigeon.

S May 14, 2019 at 4:51 PM

thanks for the warning

Original G May 14, 2019 at 5:16 PM

While getting people clean n sober who want help is a good thing, let us remember this will take place in a city that hands out free 400,000 syringes each month. City has been handing out syringes for 25 years.
Some would call that enabling.

Ricardoh May 14, 2019 at 5:58 PM

You have the right to be homeless but you do not have a right to sleep in the streets and on sidewalks. Homeless druggies should be put in a stockade and treated. if you are just homeless and are not looking for employment you should go in an encampment. The government has lost its way.

Namur May 14, 2019 at 6:25 PM

1000 hygiene kits. Do they include power washers to wash all the **** off the streets???
It used to be a nice City at one time long ago…..

ConcordRez May 15, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Not sure WHEN it was a clean city. I moved to San Francisco in 1970 from New York City (Manhattan) and could not believe the dirty streets in San Francisco, including that people did not curb their dogs. I live in the suburbs now but go to the city 4-5 times a week for lectures, theatre, museums, etc. I wear washable shoes.

ZZ May 14, 2019 at 6:31 PM

Will they hand out feminine hygiene kits for the women?

ZZ May 14, 2019 at 6:37 PM

Will there be a choice of gluten free bread and vegetarian sandwiches?

SF oh May 14, 2019 at 10:53 PM

They’ll refuse the sandwiches either way – they just want cash for drugs and alcohol. The hygiene kits will be strewn all over the station and the streets causing even more trash.

ZZ May 15, 2019 at 10:38 AM

@Get It, there is no solution to this monumental problem as long as the bleeding heart liberals continue to keep putting band-aids on serious issues. Year after year the homeless problem has been getting bigger and bigger. We can’t do a f*****g thing, but individually protect ourselves.

Anonymous May 15, 2019 at 11:29 AM

You want a solution? 9.5 scale earthquake. That will clean things up.

SF oh May 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM

@Get It: If the homeless are “mentally disturbed and not capable of taking care of themselves”, then handing them a sandwich is not going to help. The State and local governments need to work within the law and find a way to take conservatorship over adults who cannot manage on their own. They’re spending billions of dollars now and the problem keeps getting worse. Spend that money on in-patient mental health facilities instead of “Navigation Centers” for “Prolific Offenders”.

Brad May 14, 2019 at 6:40 PM

Liberal socialist don’t like the homeless. If you look at California and arrive at any other conclusion than liberals loath the homeless and look down on them, you’re probably a socialist yourself

SeeK May 14, 2019 at 7:43 PM

What are you trying to say?

Gityup May 14, 2019 at 8:23 PM

@Seek He’s saying that after years of liberal Democratic leadership in California which has done absolutely nothing about the problem, it has grown to the proportions we see today. Democratic leadership chooses to make California a “sanctuary state,” shifting its resources to illegal aliens and overlooking its own citizens in the greatest need.

ManBearPig May 14, 2019 at 7:40 PM

Some of them want help, while some do not.

Some of them have had bad luck, some alcohol & drug issues, some have health issues, and some have very pronounced mental issues.

Trying to help is admirable, but there’s “don’t feed the animals” signs in parks for a reason. If you make getting everything too easy for them, they’ll never try to fend for themselves.

Locking them up in camps isn’t the answer but neither is bending over backwards to give them free stuff & legitimize everything they do.

Jackson May 14, 2019 at 10:15 PM


Ricardoh May 15, 2019 at 9:19 AM

Putting them in camps is exactly the answer. They do not have the right to pollute what tax payers have paid for. People who have given up should be in camps those just out of work but looking should be given shelter. Out of work and a druggie should be put someplace for rehabilitation for as long as it takes.

Animals May 15, 2019 at 9:32 AM

Many of them are pathetic, but it’s because of their own life choices.

Really ??? May 15, 2019 at 10:21 AM

Excellent post!

... May 14, 2019 at 7:40 PM

Hold the hygiene kits. Address the real issue – the only issue with the homeless. Mental Illness. But that wouldn’t be politically correct now would it.

MattfromConcord May 14, 2019 at 8:05 PM

They need to do that at concord BART too.

S May 14, 2019 at 8:32 PM


Shiloh May 15, 2019 at 2:41 PM

For what?

MattfromConcord May 15, 2019 at 10:31 PM

For what????? You must not get out much. There are al lot of homeless around concord that can use help.

wesley mouch May 14, 2019 at 10:16 PM

Giving them anything is enabling since the addiction is their soul. Until the individual wants to change, that’s the way it is. Salvation Army does amazing work for those who want to get out of the vortex.

The needle handouts are enabling their behavior, but you all know that.

Kauai Mike May 15, 2019 at 5:22 AM

Gotta love the sidebar ad for Bentley cars in Walnut Creek appearing next to this article in my feed. Illustrates how far apart we are in society.

Shiloh May 15, 2019 at 2:46 PM

And that’s okay! I do not begrudge anyone who has more than I do. Equality cannot be forced. There will always be those have more and those who have less – whether we’re taking about material things, power, intelligence, influence, good looks, health or whatever else.

Simonpure May 15, 2019 at 7:02 AM

So many negative comments on such a positive subject. Rather alarming.

The Wizard May 15, 2019 at 7:34 AM

I was at a stop light yesterday in S.F. and had the pleasure of watching a Homeless women blowing her nose all over the cross walk button. So please Salvation Army give them some Kleanx.

The Fearless Spectator May 15, 2019 at 9:44 AM

When I used to have meetings in the financial district I kept Costco tube socks in my bag. When a homeless person hit me up I would offer them socks instead of money. Some were appreciative but more were not. Mental and drug problems are so powerful people no longer care about basic needs. Give-away items are a nice gesture, but of little help.

We have to find a way to match the resources with the need. Rehab for those that want it and shelter for those who aren’t capable of taking care of themselves.

ConcordRez May 15, 2019 at 9:59 AM

I buy those cushy socks for diabetics at 99CentsOnly Store and put them in a baggie with hotel soap and shampoo, or other small hygiene products I buy. I hand them out as I walk from BART to my destinations in San Francisco. The socks can also be used for gloves on a cold day. So many of our homeless have mental health issues. Who among us does not know someone who needs help in one way or another?

Just Wow May 15, 2019 at 11:56 AM

Reading a lot of these comments makes me really sad. I hope none of you find yourself down on your luck, in unfortunate circumstances or experiencing severe mental illness. Enjoy your full bellies, the roofs over your head and the constant pat on your own backs while you shame those that could use your empathy the most.

Ricardoh May 15, 2019 at 1:17 PM

No one is trying to shame them. Those down in their luck and looking for help should be given help, but sandwiches, socks and a conversation is not going to do the job. Do we still have vagrancy or loitering laws. Military tents were good enough for our troops they should be good enough for our homeless. Outside of town.

WC Resident May 15, 2019 at 12:18 PM

“handing them a sandwich is not going to help.”

Handing them a sandwich does help but it’s better to also chat with the person for a bit. Many of the homeless I’ve chatted with are lonely and crave any sort of normal social contact.

Silva May 15, 2019 at 2:48 PM

There but for the Grace of God go I… I once had a neighbor who hung on by a thread before becoming homeless. He still hung around the West Oakland neighborhood a lot for a while. It was before 1/10 of West Oakland were homeless people. He was black, had a droopy eye and walked with a limp, and talked like a crazy homeless guy. He went by the name “Thundercat Jones” You’d probably never guess he was once a rocket scientist, but he was.

I’m glad if some people got a sandwich, some soap and a toothbrush, and clean socks.

Gittyup May 15, 2019 at 2:35 PM

“handing them a sandwich is not going to help.”

It’s a start. The Salvation Army is to be commended for taking action to help those suffering homelessness. I, for one, appreciate anything they can do in this regard.

Shiloh May 15, 2019 at 2:48 PM

Yes, I think the sandwich is to lure them there, for lack of a better word. They are hoping that many will enroll in their programs once they are there.

jon s May 16, 2019 at 5:32 PM

Mmmm baloney and gubment cheeze(product).I think it’s more an attempt to exterminate them with seudo-food.

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