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Steeles Karate Prepares for Sunday's Help the Homeless

Those in need are welcome from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Homeless man leaving Salem's Union Gospel Mission. Photo by Tim King KATU/Salem-News.co
Homeless man leaving Salem's Union Gospel Mission.
Photo by Tim King KATU/Salem-News.co

(SALEM) - A rare and generous opportunity greets those less fortunate in Salem each year, thanks to John and Marci Olivera of Steeles Karate. It's called Help the Homeless and it happens Sunday at 860 High St. NE.

A former U.S. Marine and top-ranked Black Belt in the Northwest, John Olivera has mentored thousands in Oregon's capitol city and this event improving the lives of local people is part of that same community spirit.

"Its amazing to see the people pull together and make the Help the Homeless events come together. In 3 days people via social network and word of mouth put together a meal that should feed about 60 people," Olivera said.

Along with the good cheer comes generosity. Olivera says a general store will be located in the lower level with a free cafe on the main level.

He added, "Even if it is one night that their belly is full and they get to feel special its worth it to me".

This skilled Karate Sensei says credit for this special annual community event goes to his other half, "My wife, Marci Olivera, has been a major influence on organizing and fulfilling this".

Set-up will start at 3:30 p.m. Those in need are welcome from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.

The importance of this event can not be understated, those who are homeless end up that way for a variety of reasons, many have no family and will not see another holiday meal.

In conclusion, John Olivera said, "I know for me personally If I could end homelessness I would. I want people to know that we can make a difference".

For information, call (503) 391-4634 or go to steeleskarate.com

Past Salem-News.com reports on Steeles Karate:

Jun-18-2006: Salem Ex-Marine May be World's Toughest Kickboxer (VIDEO) - Tim King Salem-News.com

Dec-13-2010: Karate and Kickboxing Training at Steeles Karate in Salem Part 1 - Salem-News.com Staff Report

Dec-14-2010: Karate and Kickboxing Training at Steeles Karate in Salem Part 2 - Salem-News.com Staff Report

Dec-16-2010: Karate and Kickboxing Training at Steeles Karate in Salem Part 3 - Salem-News.com Staff Report

Dec-18-2010: Karate and Kickboxing Training at Steele's Karate in Salem Part 4 - Salem-News.com Staff Report

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Julie December 23, 2012 1:38 pm (Pacific time)

Excellent story, thanks for covering this important event to help the homeless in Salem, Oregon. :)

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