Gold Country Chaplaincy reaches out to the needy

Organization to be at Loomis Earth Day to raise awareness, funds for its programs
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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In times of need or crisis, the Gold Country Chaplaincy is ready to provide spiritual, emotional and mental support. Chaplain Terry Morgan, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said the chaplaincy provides its services to diverse groups. “Our biggest division is Courage for the Journey. We work with military, veterans and their families,” he said. Mail with Wings is a pen-pal ministry for women in prison, and Press for Hope offers support for media reporters and photographers. Morgan ran the chaplaincy out of his Loomis home until recently, when he and his family moved to Rocklin. He maintains a post office box here and is in town daily to pick up mail. On Friday, Morgan was having a cup of coffee at the Wild Chicken, next to the Loomis Depot, and walked over to the train depot to scope out spaces for the yard sale that kicks off the Loomis Earth Day celebration set for Saturday, April 23. Yard sale booths open at 8 a.m.; Earth Day activities begin at noon. Morgan said the chaplaincy participated in last year’s Earth Day festival and is returning this year to raise additional funds for its projects. “Even more than that is being out in public, telling people what we’re doing, raising awareness and their needs,” Morgan said of the festival. Gold Country Chaplaincy is funded through grants and by financial assistance provided by individuals, churches and businesses. One of those businesses is Loomis’ Camelot Costumes, which held a dance last fall honoring veterans, with proceeds going to the chaplaincy. Sheila Lee, of Camelot, is spearheading another dance on Oct. 7, to be held again at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The project Morgan is currently planning is a veterans stand down, scheduled for Sept. 27 to 29 at the Roseville fairgrounds. “It’s the first-ever stand down for Placer County,” Morgan said. The event will “give a hands-up” to those in the military, veterans and their families. “We’ll have everything from haircuts, to shelter for homeless, (assist them) if they need help finding jobs, mental health care, dental care, medical screening, and veterinary services for pets,” he said. Morgan said the stand down will aim to provide services any active military person or veteran, not just the homeless, might require. The chaplaincy needs additional items to sell at the yard sale. Donations of usable items can be delivered to the Gold Country Chaplaincy booth early Saturday morning. Nancy Beck, chairman of the Loomis Park, Recreation and Open Space Committee that is sponsoring the Earth Day event, said education is a large component of the festival. “We’re trying to have something that’s educational and yet family oriented for all ages,” Beck said. Earth Day activities, which end at 4 p.m., include a variety of informational and business booths on conservation, recycling and environmental issues, including gardening, green building and solar energy. From 2 to 3 p.m., Gold County Wildlife Rescue will hold a presentation on birds of prey, and dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Local musicians will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon. ----------------- LOOMIS EARTH DAY When: Yard sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; festival, 12 to 4 p.m. Where: Loomis Depot What: Informational booths and activities about conservation and recycling Who: Town of Loomis Park, Recreation and Open Space Committee Information: Nancy Beck, 652-4872