I’ve heard of this group before and even watched them rehearse at the Salvation Army Harbor Light in Minneapolis a few years ago, but I never actually caught a performance until Thursday, September 13th.
I really enjoyed this…I mean really. Not only was some talent on display, but the audience got into it, too.
The theme and title was “Second Chance”, and as implied, many of us need a second chance in life as we made mistakes and goofed up our first opportunity. One doesn’t need to be homeless to relate to that.
One particular story, a woman and single mom raising her teenage daughter in an efficiency apartment would like to get a larger place. She told her story of addiction and abuse early in life and upon doing the math, a modestly paying job doesn’t allow a single person to pay rent and have enough left over to survive. It was a heart-felt story, one I was touched by.
At Threshold to New Life, we deal with SO many people telling us the same story. Affordable housing is limited and making it on your own is almost impossible. It seems it will likely take an active private – public partnership to change this.
We did this last summer and stepped it up a bit this year. Brothers Butcher shop in Maple Grove gave a steep discount on 200 burgers and 200 hot dogs. Six volunteers showed up to cook and serve. All men that came into the shelter Tues, Sept 1 had the choice to enjoy some BBQ, chips and a bottle of water. Thanks to those who helped, T2NL providing the funding and to a holy and merciful God that meets and loves us right where we happen to be at in life.