Reaching across church walls to reach our neighbors.
For many years, the walls of distrust and division have kept the church from being the church
We’ve all seen them and know they are there… the homeless, the needy, camped out on sidewalks, parking lots, parks, everywhere we turn. But here are some things you haven’t seen and didn’t know…
In the last year, various civic and religious organizations were able to move 16,000+ people from being homeless, into permanent individual housing, here in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, of those 16,000+ people many ended up back on the streets, because they were not equipped for their new life in an apartment. Why you ask? Imagine moving into an apartment with what you brought with you as a homeless person or family? A tent possibly, maybe an air mattress if you are lucky, a few clothes and not much more!
For most of us we find it easy to gather what is needed to survive and live comfortably! We simply go to a store and purchase what we want and then home again to our comfortable life. For those who have nothing, it often means the difference between success and failure at remaining in a stable home, or ending up back on the streets.
Imagine if you had been homeless and were newly placed in an apartment of your own, and all you had was what you carried with you. Life would be difficult at best, so difficult, you could easily fail and end up homeless again. Now imagine if you can, how much easier life would be, if you had a can opener to be able to open cans of food. Sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets to stay warm at night, or towels and wash clothes to bathe with? Tooth brushes, toothpaste, brushes, combs, shampoo, the list goes on and on.
Homelessness is an issue no one can just look the other way on because it affects our society as a whole. Especially as Christians, are we not called by Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the poor? I am reminded of the scripture James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.
We, as the hands, feet, face, and voice of Jesus Christ to others have a responsibility to help where and when we are called upon to ease the burden of our brothers and sisters. We as the faith community can make a difference in thousands of people’s lives by coming together as one community to provide hundreds of these boxes filled with the needed items to help the newly housed successfully remain in a stable home beginning a new life, a hand up, not a hand out.
For more information on how you can help fill a box or more with hope and change people's lives, please contact us:
Phone: (323) 566-2529, or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming Together with GoBe1, the LAPD, LA Inter-faith Clergy Council, and Churches In Action to change people's lives on
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at LAPD Headquarters.
Helping our homeless friends and neighbors transition from the streets to permanent housing. The boxes contain much needed items to turn an empty apartment into a home. Thank you to all the churches that made this event a success!
Churches in Action
Iglesias en Acción
Whether in the streets, countryside, or in a dining hall, Homelessness and hunger exist throughout the world. Churches In Action works to support programs designed to help the homeless.