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This may seem like a strange topic for today, but it’s an important one.
The Madison area has just over 3,000 “documented” homeless people…which is just over 3,000 too many.
There was recently a nice article about it in the Capitol Times (HERE) which was pretty impressive.
My church created a Homeless Ministry a little over three years ago, when a homeless man was found dead on our church steps…such a sad thing that became the catalyst for a much needed service.
There is no doubt that times are tough for a lot of people, some are homeless because of mental illness, some from loosing a job, some from substance abuse…many different things led people to their path…and there have become less places for them to turn too with all the budget cuts, etc.
Our ministry meets four days a week, includes a support group with prayer and a lunch…for some, the lunch might be the real draw and they simply set through the rest – but one can always hope that some hope and inspiration sets in.
My big push is the concept of the Blessing Bags.
What is a Blessing Bag?
You start with a one gallon zippy bag and add a few things:
- Warm pair of socks (Costco has a 10 pack bag for $12 and they are GREAT)
- Dental Floss
- Single Packs of Laundry Detergent
- Tea Bags/cocoa packets
- Snacks (think apple sauce cups and granola bars)
- Travel Sized Shampoo and Conditioner
- Hand Lotion
- A Comb
- A note reminding them that they are loved.