Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

by Imani Tate, Staff Writer

Cleric leaders, congregational volunteers, medical students and community activists will link hands and hearts to help more than 1,200 homeless families, senior citizens and homebound disabled residents this Thanksgiving.

When community patron Dena Shacklett and the Rev. Wayne Derrick, then senior pastor of Pomona Valley Christian Church, started a breakfast program for homeless Pomona residents in 1987, they did it with a big bang.

"That first Thanksgiving, we fed 2,000 people," said the Rev. Herbert Wilkins, who at that time was the church’s assistant pastor and is now senior pastor. "Dena and her husband got the word out through their ministry and fliers to different churches asking for volunteers and help. We provided the building and much more manpower. We served at the church and also delivered boxes of food to families in need."

The volume hasn’t been as significant in recent years, but this year Pomona Valley Christian Ministry volunteers hope to change that, said the Rev. Rodney Heinrich of NewSong Church in San Dimas, ministry meal coordinator Pamela Lynn and board member Tim Peron of Pomona, Wilkins and Western University of Health Sciences medical students… Read the full story >>