I am proud to say that Starbucks in Hermiston deserves a big applause for how they treat our homeless!

I was meeting some people at Starbucks and got there early. There was one of our homeless gentlemen with his little doggie sitting in one of the chairs. He was pretty much at home sitting there holding his little companion. I noticed the staff had placed a small container of water by his chair for his little buddy. I sat there and smiled and felt such a warm feeling in my soul that no matter how bad things look on the outside there really are good people who run good caring businesses who aren’t out there just for that mighty dollar!

I have given plenty of food and whatever I can to help out my people on the streets, because I’ve been there myself. But I don’t usually see a business do that. And Starbucks isn’t the only one I’ve experienced that help their people in need. I was at The Dollar Store and one of our down-and-outs was sitting outside. I asked him if he would like something to eat. He said yes please. He waited while I went in and bought a couple of sandwiches for him. I had to remember to get him something he could chew with very few teeth. The manager allowed me to heat up the sandwiches and I took it and a bottle of water outside and gave it to him, along with an easy to open can of dog food for his companion.

I want to thank both of those managers for caring and treating everyone with respect and dignity. Thank you.

Bernie Sanderson


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