Most of our churches are small and have little finances or resources. But groups of churches are able to do what an individual church cannot. A group of churches can establish a day shelter in areas of town where the homele ss population isn’t being served. A group of churches can establish a regular meal for the local poor to eat. A group of churches can collectively go to the city council and request that they no longer harass the homeless, to stop treating them all as if they were criminals and not citizens. A group of churches can listen to the homeless, find out their needs and help them with the resources they have collectively.
In one area of town, Anawim listened to the homeless and provided a winter shelter. In another area of town they didn’t want a winter shelter, but propane stoves to keep warm in their tents. Our church networks were able to provide these services. Anawim also helped establish day shelters networks in both Gresham and St. Johns so that the homeless would have a place to go during the day. This next year, Anawim is planning on working with a new group, Street Forward to develop a church group who will speak to city leaders about homeless rights.
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