Saturday, October 6, 2012
But winter is coming. Any many of the chronic homeless will find their way to our Shelter for Men or our Center for Women & Children. Soon, every one of our beds will be full and we will give hundreds of people a blue mat and offer them a place to sleep on the floor. While they are safely indoors, this situation just adds to the dehumanizing aspect of homelessness. Sleeping shoulder to shoulder with strangers next to you is not always viewed as the next step out of their homeless situation.
Please pray for the homeless, and for the staff of Wheeler Mission. We are in the process of enhancing our facilities so that we will have more beds to offer those who come through our doors. When a person has a good night’s rest and a nutritious meal, they are more likely to want to take that next step to end their homelessness. This might mean setting up a meeting with a Wheeler Case Manager, entering our long term residential program to address their addiction, connecting with mental health care professionals, or addressing a significant health concern at our onsite medical clinic.
Real change this winter may begin by having the opportunity to sleep in a bed. Would you pray about helping us enhance our programs to those who are homeless?