Personal Care Kits to be Distributed on Thanksgiving
We have much to be grateful for at Thanksgiving, nevertheless all days of the year. We’re expressing our gratitude by distributing 125 personal care kits at our daily, morning breakfast held by 2.4 Ministries at The Salvation Army Harbor Light facility in Minneapolis. Bombas, the sock manufacturer, donated another 1,000 pairs of socks that we’ll provide over the course of this winter, and each kit has a pair.
#thanks #thanksgiving #bombas #donation #gratitude #homeless #homelessness
“THOSE PEOPLE” author interviewed
Our co-founder, Richard Bahr, was interviewed by Bill Arnold on KTIS 900 AM radio today, reviewing his new book, Those People – The True Character of the Homeless.
You can get the book on Amazon through this link.
To hear the radio interview, click here.
To learn more about Richard, his work, writing and ministry, go to his webpage at www.richardbahr.com
Rain Ponchos Distributed
Did you notice it was raining A LOT lately? How do you get out of the rain when you’re homeless? We lack a real great answer for this, but we did purchase and distribute A LOT of rain ponchos this past week in the various homeless communities we serve.
Update and New Family Member
When we met Brittany, she was many months clean and sober, recently obtained housing, hoped to regain custody of her daughter and was looking for work. Since, she’s added to her family a new son!
Obtaining affordable daycare remains a barrier to getting a full time job (she wants one!) but her spirits are good. She’s grateful for assistance that Thresholds and other agencies have provided to help her get life back on track.
We’re a big fan of Brittney’s as we are with all people for which we “step in the gap”. Sometimes that small, little thing to us means the world to another.
Serving Others Through Packing
One of the things we LOVE is getting folks together to love on others through serving. T2NL acquired the components along with special thanks to Jellycat for providing the travel bags.
Each kits contained soap, shampoo, razors, lip balm, toothpaste and toothbrush, nail clipper, deodorant and an inspirational tract.
We packed 100+ kits that will be distributed to folks in the homeless community at shelters in Minneapolis this fall.
zAmya “Second Chance”
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 work to change this one person at a time. If you’d consider assisting us with a tax deductible donation, click on this link: https://threshold2newlife.org/donate/
#zamya #ststephens #homeless
We sponsored a seminar called “Money Matters”, in cooperation with #salvationarmy #hopeharbor as a benefit to the residents. Our goal was to provide practical tips and techniques to the attendees, so “you manage the money, your money doesn’t manage you.”
All attendees (13 in all) received a household care kit as pictured above.
Thanks so much to Rob and Nancy for all their preparation and graciousness to take a couple of hours from their schedule to lead this session.
We intend to follow-up in several months to see what folks have developed for new habits and do a brush up on the seminar.
Occasionally, an Angel Shows Up
Our social ministry doesn’t often take in donations of physical items as we just aren’t equipped to store lots of stuff. We do keep basic items on hand – socks, jackets, gloves, hats and backpacks – all which are pretty universally needed and one size fits most. So when a donor/friend of ours offered a laptop and printer, we first said “no” but suggested we might find a need at some point and if we did we’d let him know.
We received an application from Miguel only weeks after the donor’s offer. The need began as a request for rental assistance and maybe a few groceries. We were able to “step in the gap” for Miguel on those matters, then he asked that he “just found out I need a laptop” for his work. Imagine that.
We contacted the donor and he graciously updated the operating system and packaging everything up neatly, even providing a laptop case.
Miguel was all hugs and smiles when we met. We have these situations come up from time to time – we have a client in need of an item we just don’t have, or someone wishes to donate something we refuse. And sometimes, God seems to work things out just as we need.
Getting the Household Ready
With a baby due in September and the prospect of another child reuniting with her soon, Brittney was in need of help. We put the word out to our network and were able to round up some of the basic things she needs to get her new home up and running – dishes, coffee pot, microwave, dish towels and a few other items. She is also very resourceful, coming up with friends and family providing many other things she needs.
We just love how God works to heal us from past mistakes, even if those mistakes leave a few scars. Brittney has endured some significant challenges in her life – some self-induced – and yet she is now in a place where she is excited to move forward in life, clean and sober, back together with the baby’s father and having a mailing address.
We’re so proud of how far she’s come; God isn’t through with Brittney just yet!