Rock Yer Socks Off

This Saturday there’s a benefit for the 6th Street Drop In Center at Monstro’s Pizza. Social worker, rocker, and Masters student Logan Keyser sat down with me to chat about the show, the center, and the youth who depend on its services.

How were you involved with the 6th Street Drop In? 

I USED to be a case manager at the Drop In center. I was there for five years, almost from the beginning. I stuck around for so long because that place does such good work. It is vital to the kids who find themselves homeless in the area. Since 2008, whether you want to call it a recession or an economic collapse, 6th Street became busy as fuck! (Laughs) But all of the social programs and services like the Drop In did. These services are needed, but it’s hard because all of these people are in need of these resources, and the agencies are facing ridiculous budget cuts.

What kind of services does the Drop In offer? 

Pretty much everything you need to become stable if you so desire it, like internet access for job hunting, or for school use, or trying to find housing. There’s also laundry services so you don’t have to seem like you just woke up from underneath a bridge. 6th Street tries to meet basic needs so [kids] can sublimate themselves into what they want to become instead of having to deal with this anchor that’s been bestowed upon them. The Drop In tries to create an environment that is conducive for these kids’ success. And it works. I’ve seen it happen.

When 6th Street Drop In Center first opened, they became an easy target for people looking to point fingers at the influx of homeless people hanging out downtown. With all the current fervor about homelessness and the sit/lie ordinance, why are community centers like 6th Street so important? 

The only reason we have these programs [is] because enough evidence has been presented that there is a need within the community. If the need wasn’t there, neither would the programs. However, if Chico didn’t have a homeless problem do you think these kids would still be on the streets? Yes! Of course they would still be there. At least now there is a place that offers hope and support, along with a way out of whatever these kids have been through.

Tell me about the show. How will the event benefit the Drop In Center? 

One of the case managers for the center is the guitarist for Scrolls, who will be playing on Saturday. Born Into This is the band that I’m in. Josh from Severance Package has been doing this program at 6th Street called Writing for Doughnuts. He comes in around 3 o’clock with a case of doughnuts, and if you want one you have to write something; it’s trying to encourage kids to write and be creative. The last band is Skeletor, which I’m told is made entirely of teachers. Not only do the bands have a connection with the center, but the proceeds are going to buy socks for people who need the Drop In services.

Come check out Scrolls, Born Into This, Severance Package, and Skeletor Saturday Nov. 9th @ Monstro’s Pizza. Show starts at 8pm. $5 at the door, or $3 if you bring a donation of new socks.

 

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Tommy Diestel can't remember life without music and writing. He began writing for the Synthesis at the ripe age of 19, and aspires to be a life-long writer.