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Packing Hygiene Kits in a Socially Distant Way for the Homeless

There are things we can do to “love our neighbor” even during a pandemic! It is certainly good for the folks receiving our efforts (of course!) but its also good to get out of our own heads and think about someone else while creating a little “good news”.

You can do something like this, too. And at the bottom of this page, I’ll show you how to contact me and I’ll see to it your effort ends up being provided to someone in need.

Packing Hygiene Kits

We gathered a group of eight people (fewer than 10), maintained six feet of distance and set up two packing lines to assemble 100 hygiene kits for our homeless friends in the Twin Cities.

The kits included: shampoo, body wash, conditioner, lotion (all the aforementioned were “trial sized”), comb, washcloth, non perishable food item (like a granola bar), a razor, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, a shower cap, socks, a list of open restrooms in Minneapolis and inspirational reading material.

We had A LOT items in these kits, but you can keep it simple – toothpaste and brush, shampoo, body wash, deodorant and maybe a pair of socks. All the items are trial sized versions and packed into a gallon-sized freezer locking style bag.

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Sandwiches and Lunches

You can also make sandwiches and/or lunches. We prefer somewhat non-perishable (PB and J is best and popular!). One bread bag loaf makes 10 sandwiches (discard the two ends) and repack the finished sandwiches into the bags.

An additional measure is to make a simple lunch. One sandwich, bag of chips, non perishable bar (like granola) and a small water bottle.

Either of these options are appreciated and help those in need of a simple meal.

What to do now?

You can do and event like this with a few (emphasis “few”) friends or your immediate family. Its a great activity to get your school-aged children involved in. Yes, there’s a little cost. The sandwich option is probably the least expensive and the large hygiene kits the most.

For distribution, if you’re comfortable you can hand out yourself to those on many of street corners in the Twin Cities. But I realize that for many this is a unfamiliar setting.

I spend many mornings and a some evenings every week leading a ministry serving breakfast at a downtown Minneapolis shelter as well as doing shelter visits. I’ve been doing this for the past 13 years, and I have been given a heart for broken and struggling people.

I am happy to connect with you to:

  • Take delivery of whatever outcome of your packing event(s)
  • Pick up whatever you pack (somewhat determinate on your location – I’m in the NW Suburbs)
  • You can join me in serving breakfast one morning (we practice social distancing and proper hygiene, so it is about as safe as grocery shopping – as one of our volunteers put it)

You can reach me through my website at www.richardbahr.com or email me at FollowofJC@comcast.net

Blessings to you and yours as we endure this challenge together,

Richard Bahr

 

 

 

Serving Those in Need

Our co-founder, Richard Bahr, is interviewed by Bill Arnold on Faith Radio on November 19, 2019.

Bill is a great interviewer, always asks great questions and tolerates a little friendly banter 🙂

Length is 25:22

Good stuff going on in our community

One of our co-founders, Richard Bahr, recently was asked to speak and be on the panel for Anoka County, as they wanted to host a discussion on how can best help and support refuges and immigrants that struggle with homelessness. There were about 70 county workers, from various disciplines, attending either the morning or afternoon session.

Then, he spoke at “Box City”, the annual event hosted at Blaine High School. Over 100 high school students and volunteers slept in large, corrugated boxes overnight while feasting on PB&J sandwiches. Then, up and off to school the next day – without a shower. This is a wonderful immersion experience for these youth, and he was blessed to speak to them to kick off the event for a second year in a row.

And yes, he’s wearing the same shirt in both pictures. All this took place on the same day!

These events happened because of and through the effort of caring people that aim to make a difference in our community. We’re honored to have been included to help and support these fine efforts.

“Called to Serve”

How to link the two greatest commandments into one simple and loving action?

Our co-founder, Richard Bahr, delivered this message to a local Twin City church on June 16, 2019. Length is 24 minutes.

We LOVE Rotary Clubs!

Deb Nygaard Roseville Rotary with Richard & Carla Bahr 2019-06

Our founders, Carla and Richard Bahr, have been provided the opportunity to speak to four Rotary Clubs in 2019 (so far). We LOVE their purpose-based approach, involving community and serving others as the means to work on solving big, global problems such as fighting disease and providing clean water in developing nations.

The most recent talk was at the Roseville Club where they shared about this ministry and how they got involved in serving others. Richard’s most recent book, Those People, was also promoted and sold with all proceeds going to this ministry.

Partnering with others is the best way to work on BIG problems – like housing and homelessness.

Thank you also to the Blaine/Ham Lake, Orono, Brooklyn Park for your willingness to host us and for your care for “the least of these”.

Featured in Maple Grove Magazine

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The June 2019 issue of Maple Grove magazine, features the work Threshold to New Life does in the community, and aims to inspire others to step in and serve “the least of these”, as Carla and Richard Bahr have committed to doing for the past several years.

It covers their approach to being a small but vital part of helping those in the homeless community and their efforts to reduce homelessness by providing aid to those at risk of losing their current housing.

We’re grateful to the editor and publisher for choosing to tell this story.

Click here to read the article.

Featured on WCCO Radio with Cory Hepola

 

Our co-founder and author, Richard Bahr, was interviewed Weds, January 30, 2019 by Cory Hepula on his radio show, “Hey, it’s Cory Hepula!” on WCCO 830 AM radio in the Twin Cities. Topics ranged from matters affecting the homeless, how we might help and a discussion of his latest book, THOSE PEOPLE – The True Character of the Homeless.

To hear the WCCO 830 AM interview, click here

For info on the book, THOSE PEOPLE, click here

To purchase the book, THOSE PEOPLE, click here

For more on the author, Richard Bahr, click here

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