I was listening to Spirit 105.3 the other night while running an errand in my car. It was commercial time but I didn’t change the station, I just thoughtlessly listened while I drove until something caught my attention: For only $1.92 you could provide a meal and a night of safe accommodations for a homeless Seattleite through the 4th Annual One Meal/One Hope Campaign at my local Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. You can donate any amount to help.
I’m on the late end as far as hearing about these Thanksgiving meals, though I know meals are always needed, but I feel it’s important to know and pass on since your help can span beyond this season of giving. The Seattle Union Gospel Mission offers a community room as a safe, warm place to enjoy creativity and games; mail services; free meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as sack lunches if working; overnight mat stay for men; personal care center and with men’s showers and hygiene supplies; men’s and women’s restrooms; men’s clothing; metro bus tickets for work, school, or emergencies; a pet clinic; legal services; dental services; men’s recovery programs; and chapel services. If you live in the Seattle area there is a small card you can print to have handy for homeless you encounter.
My Union Gospel Mission says you can help by preparing a “car kits” to hand out to homeless asking for help or holding signs on the street. Include a bottled water; healthy snack – bought or homemade; warm clothing – hats, socks or gloves; hand warmers; hand sanitizer; and if you live in the Seattle area place the aforementioned small card inside too. Though any city’s homeless could use a car kit.
If you’re interested in helping the homeless in your community, visit the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) where you can locate a mission in your area. If homelessness is a hard subject for you or you’d like more thought and digestion time on your role, then I’d recommend reading Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski.
Summer is very active in our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm