Dine out for hunger, May 7th! Help support Potter’s House Community Kitchen, which feeds hundreds of homeless and hungry people 365 days a year.
- May 6, 2013
UPDATE, 10/24/12: Great news! Today, my friend is moving to a very nice nursing facility where he will be able to have rehabilitation for the injuries he sustained when he was shot. My understanding is that he can stay there for as long as he needs to. Thank you to all who prayed for him! God answers prayer!
After more than a decade of ministering to homeless people, I’m accustomed to difficult situations and heartbreaking stories, but this one stands out. Posted today on our StreetWatch homeless outreach team’s Facebook page [slightly edited for clarity]:
Please pray for a disabled homeless man on dialysis who’s in the hospital — he was a victim of a drive-by shooting — and has nowhere to go upon discharge. He also has multiple other serious health problems. He recently stayed at Greensboro Urban Ministry’s shelter, whose rules do not allow him to return for six months. (We have asked for an exemption because of his circumstances, but it was denied.) He was shot on the street, shortly after his time ended at the shelter.
He needs to be in Greensboro to continue his dialysis. Because of his health problems and safety needs, it would be very dangerous for him to try to sleep outside again. His multiple complicate the situation, and thus far, social workers have not been able to find a place for him to go when he leaves the hospital.
He is eligible for a housing voucher or supportive housing program, but we are unaware of any openings in these programs. He’s had a hard life and he’s in a hard situation. We believe that God makes a way where there’s no way, and I’ve been visiting him and praying that with and for him. Please pray that with us! Thank you, friends.
On Friday, August 31, 2012, the waiting list at Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Pathways family homeless shelter reached a record high of 71 families.
It seems that the John Edwards criminal trial has provided an unexpected blessing for some poor, hungry and homeless people in our community.
“Edwards said he hoped to start helping the poor and hungry again. Turns out, he’s already doing that.”
During the trial, West Market Street United Methodist Church, which sits beside the courthouse, rented out some parking spaces and a room inside the church to NBC News. The church was paid $1,000 a week for seven weeks. And they donated the entire $7K to Greensboro Urban Ministry, which operates a community kitchen, a food pantry, a homeless shelter for adults, a temporary housing program for homeless families, a transitional housing program and a financial assistance ministry. What a smart and generous idea that was! And it was made possible because of John Edwards. He is, indeed, helping the poor and hungry in Greensboro.
Homerun for Homelessness
When: Sunday, May 20, 2012; Gates open at 3pm; Opening pitch at 4pm
Who: Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. Lakewood BlueClaws
Where: NewBridge Bank Park, Greensboro
Join Partners Ending Homelessness for a great day at the ballpark and learn more about PEH partners. Visit exhibit tables highlighting the Servant Center of Greensboro, Room at the Inn’s Nurturing Center, Greensboro Urban Ministry, and StreetWatch. Learn more about the services they provide and how you can get involved.
PEH partners Keith Barsuhn, President of United Way of Greater Greensboro and Bobby Smith, President of United Way of High Point, will throw out the first pitch. Lisa Dames will sing the National Anthem.
Visit the Partners Ending Homelessness table inside the stadium. Partners Ending Homelessness encourages public understanding of the causes and conditions of homelessness and leads a strong and stable system of care for individuals and families to reduce homelessness in Guilford County. The Partners Ending Homelessness serves at the lead agency for the Continuum of Care.