A Tailgate “Party” For The Homeless

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Real Estate Agent CO: II100035296

On a Monday or Saturday afternoon, you  probably don't want to find yourself stuck behind Pete in the line at the grocery store.    Pete is a broad shouldered  cowboy that looks like he could be a bouncer at a night club.    

Although Pete has owned a gym, he has never owned a restaurant.   However, he is certainly capable of planning, shopping and preparing home cooked meals that can be served on the tailgate of his truck.    

The day before I met him, his basket would have been full of enough groceries to feed over 100 people fajita salads.  (He called them chiplote salads but most of his guests did not know what a chip lots salad was.)     His basket was filled  with chicken and pork, seasonings, tortillas, lettuce, shredded cheese, onions, big tubs of sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, chiplote sauce, ranch dressing, bowls, plastic forks, tin foil, water,  baby wipes and trash bags.  

On Tuesday,  Pete  filled ice chests  with ice and loaded them with the food  that needed to be kept  cold.   He grilled the meat and chopped it into bite sized pieces.   Once the meal was ready, he loaded everything into his white Ford F-350 truck and picked up Doug, who had volunteered to help him.   

I met them at the Waters Edge Park on Shoreline at 6 pm..     Pete and Doug climbed out of the truck.  He left his cowboy hat on the dashboard along with a bible.   They quickly introduced themselves and then got to work .   There was no time to waste.   He expected to make 4 more stops after he finished feeding the homeless at this park.  His  guests, the  homeless people, started lining up.  Many of the people knew him because he has been doing this two nights a week.   

He started feeding the homeless himself after he discovered his church discontinued their program helping the homeless during the COVID 19 shutdowns.  He reasoned that the homeless people's problems did not go away just because of shutdowns and stay at home orders.   

Fajita bowl with lots of sour cream

They waited patiently while he served them one by one.     The meal served looked like a fajita salad that could be served with a choice of chipotle  dressing, ranch, picante sauce or hot sauce.

Each fajita bowl was prepared exactly how the person wanted it.   Most of the people at the first stop wanted lots of sour cream.  So, Pete gave them lots of sour cream.  

After each of the homeless people at this location got a bowl, we drove to another park that was just a few miles away.     After that, we drove another mile or two to another location where people rested on the sidewalk against a fence.   Our next stop was another area near  building housing city offices.    The last stop was to serve  group of people underneath a bridge.    

By that time, he was running out of food.  The lettuce and sour cream was gone.  The meat was nearly gone.    A straggler came up towards the end explaining he just got off work.  He asked if we had anything left.   He was given a bowl with a meat and the remaining tortillas.   

The fajita bowls looked amazing.  In addition to serving food, Pete gave out hugs, compassion, empathy, and prayers on request.    

Pete feeding homeless Corpus Christi

As a real estate broker, I actually talked to people that I generally tried to avoid looking at in the past.    Honestly, I didn't realize that Corpus Christi had so many homeless people because I rarely see people at intersections begging for money. 

I helped Pete and Doug twice this month (July) while they served meals.    I had the opportunity to witness some of the good in humanity.   At the same time, I witnessed many people that have had seemingly everthing in life go wrong.    


Challenges the Homeless face

 

I witnessed the ravages of drug addiction, poor choices and lots of bad luck.   I met people crippled people  and those with deformities.   I prefer to not even think about how many felons that was among those served.   

Homeless Under the bridge

While I prefer to think about the smiles and the positive things I saw and heard; for the first time I saw the homeless as people.   I learned what it felt like to be under a bridge as  cars were driving over, mosquitos biting, and worrying whether a lad that woke up yelling, screaming and hallucinating was about to attack someone.  


Homeless eating meal On side of street

I went home and took a long bath - because I knew I was blessed to be able to do so.  The next morning, I slept a little longer - simply because I was thankful to be blessed enough to have a comfortable bed to sleep on.   


 

The next evening, I met Pete at a Whataburger so that I could give him copies of the photographs I took.   While waiting for our order to come out, I saw a homeless person reach into a trash can and pull out a bag.  He then quickly sat down at a table and opened it; hoping to find left overs.   Pete ended up buying him and two others a meal.   

People like Pete are in incredible in their desire to help the homeless in some small way.  

 

One homeless person asked me why I was helping.   I simply said that I was hoping that we could provide them with a few moments of peace and comfort.   


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Comments (10)

Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Awesome!

Aug 01, 2021 12:32 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Pete now is my hero, well dome Sir.  Bill 

Aug 01, 2021 06:07 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I give Pete a ton of credit for all he is doing to help the homeless. And you as well, for being open to the experience by helping him. Homeless people are all people in need of something they don't have right now. ❤️

Aug 01, 2021 06:22 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Sondra Meyer: I love how you used the gathering portion of the challenege for this post. You gave us the most heartwarming story of the month. In fact, just last night I had an idea for a new challenge. Seeing what you wrote here, you may be the perfect person to partner with to do just that. I'll be in touch.   Thank you again for your story.

Aug 01, 2021 08:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sondra,

What a beautiful post, and what a great story you shared with us.  Carol Williams I  hope you will share this one on your Second Chance Saturday Posts.  A

Aug 01, 2021 08:48 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sondra, what a beautiful man to go above and beyond for the homeless people, and sure they appreciate it! 

Aug 01, 2021 09:20 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sondra,  In the winter time I have hot chocolate in to go cups and hand it out to people on street corners and in the summer time I havea ice chest in the side passenger of the car with cold water to hand out.

Aug 01, 2021 09:23 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Sondra,
Pete is an amazing guy and you are blessed to have him in your life to give you such an eye-opening and fulfilling experience.  Thank you for sharing. 

When I saw that second picture I thought that is a LOT of sour cream but Pete gave them what they wanted.  ☺️

Aug 01, 2021 11:19 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Sondra, Thank you for the heartfelt story of Peter, an everyday hero, who is making a positive difference among the homeless in his community. 

Aug 01, 2021 05:33 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Pete is a very special person with a heart as appropriately as big as you describe him

Aug 03, 2021 05:38 AM