There are an estimated 900 homeless people in Allegheny County. Others have shelter, but not enough money to buy the basic items we want to provide.
Our Mission Outreach team asked for your help in providing bags of supplies for homeless people or people who are asking for money on the streets. You responded and we assembled about 100 kits. We are pleased to announce that these have been distributed and now we are assembling more! We need donations of the following items:
- Nail clippers
Please bring these items to church and you may leave them at the Information Centers.
Once we have additional kits: Please pick up kits at our Information Centers following worship and place in your car so that you can share them when you next encounter someone in need.
If you regularly travel to areas where you see people on the street who are asking for help, we suggest that you carry a supply of prepared kits in your car, ready to hand out as needed. You can also contact local charities to figure out the best and most beneficial places to distribute kits.
Most homeless people are “people” just like anyone of us, and pose no threat. However, if you are getting out of your car to approach them, it is preferable to do it with a friend or in a group when handing out care kits. If the people are not actively seeking help, always ask, don’t assume.
Take your time.
Ask their name, and their story. Providing a few minutes of conversation, a smile, genuine eye contact, are wonderful ways to show them that they are important, valued, and loved.
Ask to pray with them.
If they say “no,” that’s okay. Respect their wishes. If they say yes, pray for them, that they would be blessed. You can pray before and after you give the care package. Allow the Spirit to guide you.