My elderly neighbor didn't seem to have any family around. I would help her anyway that I could, but there were several things that I was unable to do for her. Her home was not in the best shape and I watched as she struggled to make it up the front stairs to get inside her home. I knew I had to do something more to help her, so I contacted the local humanitarian service. I talked with them about my neighbor and told them about the difficulties she was having. They were wonderful! To find out about what they did to help my sweet elderly neighbor, visit my site.
Homelessness has become a much bigger problem in America, many families moving into the street after losing their homes because of high debt and job loss. Millions of Americans are unemployed right now and many of those people are now homeless. In fact, the numbers of homeless people in America increased by 20% between the years 2007 and 2010. You may wonder what steps you can take to help homeless people in your area. Learn more about what you can do right now that could help benefit someone sleeping in a tent with their children or sleeping under a bridge in your town.
Starting A Homeless Mission At Your Church
Your church can be the best place to start when you are looking for ways to feed and shelter the homeless people in your community. To start, discuss your idea with your pastor and other church members. You may be surprised how many others in your church would be glad to help. You will need the following to start ministering to and helping the homeless:
Funds: Start a fund raising project to raise money for buying food items. You will need plenty of foods that will go a long way because you could end up feeding several people at a time once you get started. Discuss with other church members about foods everyone can contribute as well. Remember foods like hot dog wieners, bread for sandwiches and sandwich meats. You might also think about visiting other homeless ministries to find out what types of foods are working best for their mission when you need ideas about the ones that will go far between many people.
Location: If your church is small and you do not have a building adequate for conducting your mission, finding a location is important. Contacting local businesses about using their parking lot or empty warehouses on certain days of the week or month can be helpful. Consider finding a location closest to places like tent cities or other areas you know are inhabited by homeless people.
Clothing And Blankets: Ask everyone in your church to clean out their closets for clothing they do not wear any more. Ask them to donate blankets they do not need any more as well. If it is cold at the time you start your mission, start a drive in your community for coats and blankets. Ask managers at places like supermarkets and convenience stores to place a box or other container to hold donated coats and blankets.
Shelter: Most small churches do not have the resources to offer adequate temporary shelter to homeless people. However, you can find out what organizations in your do offer it. Making a list of homeless shelters in your area to give to the people you minster is a good way to get many of them off the street, especially when it is cold and the homeless people you are helping have small children.
Hope: One of the greatest things you can give to someone living on the streets is hope it will get better. Tell the people you give food about what the scripture says about the poor and needy. One good Bible verse to tell homeless people is: "Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble" (Psalm 41:1). letting people know they are not alone is important when they are facing being homeless.
Nothing can be more painful than looking into the eyes of a child that is hungry and homeless. Start making a difference in your community today by starting a homeless mission in your church.Share