USS Lake Champlain
Ingenuity - Daring - Discipline
Lake Champlain Sailors Conduct COMREL to Help San Diego Homeless
By Ensign Maura Hanley
SAN DIEGO – Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain participated at a community-relations (COMREL) event at God’s Extended Hand located in San Diego on 10 September 2012.
Twenty-seven Sailors from Lake Champlain spent time painting several rooms and a hallway at the mission making them habitable for residents once again. Several Sailors brought their children to help and gain an appreciation of what it means to give back to the community.
“I brought my son to the COMREL to understand how fortunate he is,” said Boatswain Mate 1st Class Larry Orr who with the help of his son painted part of a hallway. “I wanted to show him it can be a fun and rewarding experience to help out those less fortunate.”
God’s Extended Hand provides congregate meals with worship to over 120 homeless individuals twice a day. In addition to meals they provide clothing, spiritual counseling, and even shelter at night for those in need within San Diego.
“I learned a lot from the experience,” said Ensign Annie Schultz. She assisted in serving 132 homeless individuals during the evening meal. “Each person had a unique story of how he ended up at God’s Extended Hand. I’m just grateful a place like this is here to help them.”
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