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I was riding my bike along Abbott Street and Saratoga Avenue on January 13 and smelled the smoke of a barbecue coming from Saratoga Park, right next to the sand. I saw a long line and wondered what was happening on such a cold yet sunny day. There were over 40 people scattered about, eating, conversing on the picnic benches, and sprawled on blankets on the ground.

Lauren Bailey and Alex Fine bring food and ministry to 60 to 90 of O.B’.s homeless population. They say they started a calling almost four years ago through their church, Harbor Presbyterian.

Even though she no longer lives here, Bailey says she and Fine come back every Sunday to barbecue some hot dogs and sometimes they bring fruit. They pay for the food out of their own pockets.

If anyone would like to help with donations of food or money, Lauren can be reached at [email protected]

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OBgreg Feb. 4, 2014 @ 9:17 a.m.

Not kind.. Enabling! And upsetting to tax payers and business owners that have had to deal with the clean up and crime increase due to more and more homeless people living at the beach.


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