Daily Basics was founded in March of 2018. Inspired by a daily devotional from Our Daily Bread titled the Open Hand. Biddy Mason was born into slavery who won her freedom in a court battle in 1856. She combined her nursing skills with wise business decisions to make a small fortune. As she observed the plight of immigrants and prisoners, she reached out to them, investing in charity so frequently that people began lining up at her house for help. In 1872, just sixteen years out of slavery, she and her son-in-law financed the founding of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. Biddy embodied the apostle Paul’s words: “I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35). Paul came from privilege, not slavery, yet he chose a life that would lead to his imprisonment and martyrdom so that he could serve Christ and others. The open hand is blessed, for it gives in abundance even as it receives. - Biddy once said, “The open hand is blessed, for it gives in abundance even as it receives.” The hand that gave so generously received a rich legacy. Who in your life is struggling and could use a little help from you? How can you reach out to that person or family today?
After my job of 40 years with a major corporation was eliminated in April 2017 I new my life was going in a very different direction. Not many companies are inclined to hire someone nearly 60 years old. I did land two jobs but realized pretty quickly that I couldn’t work for someone so with the help of my partner Daily Basics was founded. Our philosophy is to honor God and to serve others in an effort to bridge the gaps in our society and to lend a helping hand to those who need help getting back on their feet.
Our hope is that when you dine at our restaurant you will feel like you are eating with good friends. Delicious food prepared by a chef that loves what he does.