When I began this ministry 5 years ago it was a common occurrence for me to hear, “There are no homeless people in Johnson County!” From what I could see and have seen in the past 5 years, all those people were WRONG! When we completed our first shelter in April of 2010 we were full within 5 days. That has continued to this day and in 5 years we have served over 40,000 bed/nights and 90,000 meals. In August we opened our second facility and that one has remained 90% full as well.
Homelessness spans all ages, ethnicities and genders. When I began I expected to serve mostly men however that proved to be wrong. Over the years up to 70% of our residents have been women, many with small children. At one point we had 15 children in our facility having a capacity of 30 beds. We have housed women who have been abandoned by their spouse, who have lost their jobs and been evicted, who have been brought to us by CPS for protection from abusive mates, grandmothers raising their grandchildren and high school students who were thrown out by their families when they reached 18 years of age. We have served Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists and Muslims. We have served whites, Asians, Hispanics, African Americans and native Americans. One thing that they now have in common, however, is that they have been exposed to the message of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Some come to believe while others reject the message. We do feel it is imperative for them to be introduced to the one who has provided the help they need now and the only hope they have for eternity. Some may feel offended by the message but that’s OK, too. They need to know that we do this because Jesus loves them and has called us to this ministry to provide for them.
How about you? Would you like to help us provide this ministry? We need your monetary support and your volunteer efforts. Go to the “About Us” tab for contact information. We look forward to speaking with you.