A group of our pastors have taken steps to come up with a feasible and loving approach to caring for our homeless. Below is an invitation/plea to pastors (and thereby churches) to join hands. If you could get the word out, it would be helpful.
Many have a heart for the homeless. I have faith we can make this happen, and am incredibly thankful for all the people who care, for all who are filled with the love of Christ, and for all the "Roy Marshalls" in our community.
All in Goodwill (and Joy!!!),
Dear Fellow Pastor:
Did you know that recent estimates of the number of homeless people in America range from 2 million to 3 million? Or that families now make up 40% of the homeless population? These days, more and more families in Shenandoah County who never thought they would become homeless are finding themselves without a place to live.
As you would expect, homelessness touches virtually every city and town in the country. People in congregations throughout America are wrestling with the question of how to be “our brother’s and sister’s keeper.”
One organization, Family Promise, has developed a religious community-based approach to offering caring assistance to homeless families. There are currently more than 160,000 people volunteering in 6,000 congregations throughout the country with Family Promise Affiliates.
The Family Promise program of providing shelter, meals and support for homeless families is easily developed because it relies on existing community resources: houses of worship for overnight lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for screening and referrals, and existing organizations for day facilities.
Mr. Claas Ehlers, Director, Affiliate Services for Family Promise, will be in our area on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 7:00pm at the Antioch Church of the Brethren for an open meeting to present information about Family Promise and show us how a Family Promise Affiliate would enable us to help homeless families in our community.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:00pm
Antioch Church of the Brethren
23502 Senedo Road, Woodstock
Pastor, Antioch COB
Pastor, St. Paul UCC
Pastor, First Church
Wakeman's Grove COB
Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran