**To shelter the homeless **
Do any of you have a ministry in your city/town entitled Interfaith Hospitality Netowrk?
In my city, there are 13 churches (some of them Protestant) who take turns housing homeless families. Sometimes we get repeats who have traveled the entire list of 13 churches and still have not put together all the pieces.
They receive counseling for debt resolution, housing application and other things from professionals from those sections of the government at various churches. One of our parishioners, a Spanish lady, works for housing and meets with all the families every time they come to our Church.
I have cooked for the group, slept overnight, but usually I volunteer for the evening host. Activities fro children, table games for adults.....I usually won’t get out the television for them. (Aren’t I mean?) Don’t worry — other evening hosts do.
We also collect household goods for these families that are taken to the day center where they stay for the day. Then when they do find housing, they are given some supplies that they did not have.