Once in a while you receive such encouragement you just can’t keep it to yourself.
We received this greeting card and seven individual personal checks providing encouragement and monetary support to our organization. We have had no contact with any of these ladies before. Apparently, one of them saw our story in the mass media and shared it with the others. Here’s their words:
“Our group “The Chill Sisters” every Christmas for 42 years have been together and support a cause. Your story and the lives you are changing is inspirational. Assisting people prior to being homeless and helping those who are overcome spoke to our hearts. God has been a very big part of all of our lives. We love to spread his love for all people. Helping your fellow man is important to us. God Bless! Thank you for what you’re doing.”
May God bless these ladies. We’re SO thankful for their assistance and encouragement. Lives will be changed due to their efforts.
Merry Christmas to all!
Each week a warm, home-cooked meal is served (often including desert!) and great fellowship is had. We continue onto a local restaurant holding a bible study until 9 pm.
It’s a simply ministry that doesn’t try to solve all of life’s problems, but simply come along side people, love them where they’re at and provide from what we have.
Kristi and Adam Betker do a wonderful job along with their board and all the volunteers that keep this operating and loving on “the least of these“.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.