Mark takes a candid, challenging look at the role of faith-based organizations in ending homelessness. It’s fine to feed the hungry but look at how to raise them up out of their homelessness not just give them some structure that goes away if their relationship with the church ends.
This model is evidently working well (the one Mark has visited twice) & they’ve been around a long time so something must be working!
As Mark says, feeding the hungry in a park is good for the souls but there is more to their needs than that so partner up with others & look at the whole problem – I’m part of several ministries & I do see the value of a community of volunteers who connect on a repeatable basis & build trusted, committed relationships but we must look to be stakeholders in their healing & that healing is to get a job, housing, a new skill & some relationships built on love if we are to make a difference!
Take Mark’s challenge on – it won’t hurt to take another view & see if there are new partnerships & collaborations that can make a difference in what we are doing to meet the needs of the homeless!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost