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Open Gate Kitchen in Costa Mesa dishes out hope, opportunity

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When he lost his dad at the age of 13, Michael Rodriguez looked for ways to fill the void.

He turned to the neighborhood gang for support, and he had already begun experimenting with drugs a short time after. He was selling drugs just to get by.

“Once my dad died when I was 13, I wanted that love,” said Rodriguez, 25, of Stanton. “They all showed me love. I felt loved after my dad died, and I started hanging around with the wrong people, started using drugs, tried heroin after he died.

“I tried it a few times. I wasn’t addicted to it, but I liked the feeling. It kept me away from reality … about losing my dad.”

One thing led to another. By 14, Rodriguez was intermittently homeless. By 17, Rodriguez found a drug he had promised his dad he would never do in methamphetamine.

“I just

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Warm fall dishes bring son to the kitchen, table

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Friends warned me. People who, before me, had sons. They told me that my son would suddenly and abruptly not want to spend time with me. He would, they said, leave my camp. They said he would first leave me and then leave my husband. At the time it was hard to believe. He was so joyful, so fun, so very excited about the world and all of its gifts.

And then, of course, he did. He found his own interests, his own people, his independence. That was many years ago and I did my best to let him go. It’s good, it’s fine, it’s the way parenting is supposed to be. They grow and push you away and hopefully, if everything is right, they come back.

I’m working on Elliot coming back. He’s 16 now and a pretty laid-back guy. He does what we ask of him. Mow the

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Jon Bon Jovi Still Washes Dishes at Soul Kitchen Five Days a Week

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Soul Kitchen may very well be considered an valuable facility. The restaurant of Bon Jovi gives all meals. All who can afford to donate are welcome, but those who can’t yet eat.

On April 14, Bon Jovi performed from his New Jersey home at the Howard Stern Show. Five days a week, he asked him to help his restaurant provide food for people in need in the soul kitchen.

You won’t meet Jon Bon Jovi if you eаt аt Soul Kitchen this week

Bon Jovi is keeping Soul Kitchen purely for the people who need to eаt. He’s not mаking аny promotionаl аppeаrаnces in the dining аreа. So don’t think аbout going to Soul Kitchen for аn аutogrаph or selfie.

“Whаt I do there is I literаlly аm in the kitchen with the chef аnd the sous chef аnd the mаnаger of the restаurаnt,” Bon Jovi sаid. “Thаt’s it. Literаlly,

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