A Tailgate “Party” For The Homeless

By
Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty, LLC

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 (31)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sondra - it was a reblog by Roy Kelley that brought me to your post today.  Thank you for sharing this example of kindness.  

Feb 07, 2022 04:24 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Roy Kelley sent me your way and I love reading stories like this one and we need more of them for sure.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Feb 07, 2022 04:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sondra- I am so glad that Roy Kelley reblogged your post.  What an amazing man Pete is and he is what I believe the soul and heart of this country is all about. Thank you for your post. 

Feb 19, 2022 05:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 19, 2022 06:32 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sondra. You have introduced me to someone who gives freely and sees need in all circumstances. He is a true hero. Enjoy your day.

Feb 20, 2022 05:17 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Pete is a good man and an inspiration.  It is remarkable that one man can do the work of a whole church. 

Feb 20, 2022 05:46 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sondra - that is such a heartwarming story.  Pete is such a giving person and hope we all take a lesson from him.

Feb 20, 2022 06:13 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What an incredible person to spend his time and money on helping others.

God bless this man and what he is doing.

Feb 20, 2022 06:47 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Sondra, what an inspiring story! Pete is building a legacy few people attempt. Thank you for sharing!

Feb 20, 2022 07:08 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sondra Meyer: I remember your post and so glad that Kathy Streib shared it on her Sunday list. I miss hearing from you.  A

Feb 20, 2022 07:11 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Wow! I am speechless. Bless the kind hearts! Hugs to you and Pete.💕

Feb 20, 2022 08:51 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

What a lovely and touching post Sondra Meyer: . Pete is an incredible man for doing so much for folks that need both the food and  kindness of others. God Bless Him,

Feb 20, 2022 09:22 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

As a formerly homeless person, I can appreciate Pete's efforts. I lived in my car for a few months as a teen. It's cold and lonely. Gestures like this warm the heart (and fill the empty stomach). What a great effort.

Feb 20, 2022 09:36 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Very touching news.  They are everywhere in Northern CA.  Often at freeway turn off behind the trees. There is a wooden cabin or a Lincoln's log cabin that I see beautifully put up off Capitol Expressway and El Camino Real in San Jose.  

Can you blame anyone? If an average lot with a shack starts >$1M with 18 offers a few 100 ft from that Lincoln Log cabine? Neither one has a permit. So why not let the homeless stay there a little longer.

Feb 20, 2022 09:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh what a touching story, Sondra. Thank you so much for sharing Pete's story. I'm so glad you got to witness what he does for the homeless in your area. I hope your post and passion for what he does becomes contagious in your area and you see more Pete's helping the homeless.

Feb 20, 2022 10:42 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Sondra Meyer:  May God bless you and your friend Pete -may God bless you also Roy Kelley and Kathy Streib for bringing this wonderful post to everyone's attention  

Feb 20, 2022 02:07 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Any opportunity to treat humans more like humans is great in my book! Bless it

Feb 20, 2022 04:13 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Aura Alex I know what you mean! This is just to kindness straight up and down! :

Feb 20, 2022 04:15 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

It's very encouraging to hear of people like this.  It's depressing to turn on the news now because you hear about so much greed and evil.  Thanks for sharing about someone who has a heart of love. 

Feb 21, 2022 05:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sondra:

What a wonderful, heartwarming story. Thank goodness there are people like Pete in this world. And how wonderful that you could share in this.

Jeff

Feb 21, 2022 09:50 AM