We first met John while he was living in a homeless shelter with an uncompleted college education. He was the feature of an earlier story when we stepped in to help him get re-enrolled in college. He graduated this past spring with a bachelor’s degree in computer science…but ran into some issues with his citizenship so was unemployable.
We referred him to the Dignity Center to connect with an attorney. John is now days away from receiving the paperwork needed to apply for jobs…and the Dignity Center is covering rent for a couple of months to get John out of shelter and into some stable housing.
We stepped back in to help him get a few of the things he needs for his new place. One of our most reliable team members was on the case to gather donations but found the response wasn’t up the need (perhaps the reason was first week of school starting?). She told her kids what she was working on and the children decided to pool some of their own money to help with the cause. Unbelievable!
It is truly remarkable when need intersects generosity. We’re SO blessed to have faithful volunteers that are willing to “take the yoke” of another and provide them with needed rest from the anxiety and struggle that the world sometimes provides.
We’re excited to continue to follow John into his next chapter….stay tuned!
Thank you for your support of our work. Many of you provide funding for this ministry and most of you think about us and even pray for our efforts. That’s no small thing…and we’re grateful for all of this.
Your year end donations are tax deductible and we have a donor willing to match the first $3,000 given. Click on this link for our donation page. Thank you for being part of loving those in our community who, for a variety of reasons, are struggling right now. Your support may not seem like much to you but it can mean the world to them.
This ministry completed its first full year of operation in December 2014:
Served 33 named clients, 23 with specific financial support
– Rental assistance (rent, security deposits and application fees) – Food / Gift Cards – Clothing (basic needs and interview clothing) – Basic household items – Bus passes – Utility payments – Storage locker fees – Gas cards – Two vehicles including doing repairs and full safety check
Also provided to hundreds of others in need were:
– Backpacks, socks, hats, gloves, jackets, shoes, clothing, personal care kits cases of soap, shampoo, McDonald’s gift cards and faith-based reading materials
In the eight weeks since January 1, 2015:
– Fielded five (5) referrals for housing needs (rent assistance, security deposit and application fees), provided one (1) lead on an apartment, researched utility grants for two (2) clients, covered storage fees for one (1) client, provided transportation for grocery shopping for one (1) client, job interviews for two (2) clients and job training for one (1) client.
We contribute to this ministry and serve with our time because we were first served and loved by Christ. During this Easter season, we contemplate the love He showed by His sacrifice on the cross and all the events leading up to this. He did all this while being both man and God. Feeling the pain, anguish, feelings of separation from God and his friends and yet did this for you and me. He loved us that much. So we serve and give because He did first.
We serve in His love,
The Threshold to New Life Team