Citizens of Belmont who qualify can come to the BCO for food, and donated clothing and furniture, as well as other emergency situations that may come up. Parents in need can sign their children up for new book bags full of supplies in September, and presents that anonymous donors provide for them at Christmas.
I’m sorry that the client’s experience was not all he hoped for. I don’t know the details. However, we do have to ask for a recent piece of mail each time a client arrives, to make sure that he hasn’t moved out of Belmont. We do this so that all our resources go to Belmont residents in need, and do not leave the community.
I've been a resident of Belmont for almost 20 years. Never thought I would been the other side of the table when visiting the BCO; I've donated clothes and other items to them since my residency here started in 1995. Today I made my second stop in 8 weeks for my food pickup (out of work) and it was like walking into the Berlin Wall. Once again having to prove my residency after all proof of this was done initially in August. I guess being they are a non for profit there are rules. Yet I was very annoyed and irritated at the person who waited on me. She really did not seem like she wanted to be there. I am 53 years old and was made to feel like I was a thief trying to take something I was not qualified to get. I have worked close to 30 years and when one comes to a road block in their life it hurts. We live now in a world of disposable jobs. I get by with very little. I drive a 15 year old car. My house is not much bigger than a barn yet I have survived. I will never return back there for help. And my future clothing donations will now be dropped off a few miles down the road. Either appreciate life and people in all aspects of what life brings, or step down and give your volunteer job to someone that has humility and a heart for those that are hurting and trying to life themselves back up. I left there today with a sadness in my heart and also a stern reminder to myself that I will move forward and pray the best is yet to come. Treat people the way you would like to be treated period-