Community for Justice for the Homeless

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This Community will seek to provide support and resources to those in the Alliance that encounter, work with, or have a passion for the homeless in our neighborhoods. We will work with groups inside and outside our Alliance who are committed to developing and implementing strategies to prevent and end homelessness. We will promote health, hope, and dignity for the homeless and underserved with whom we engage. We will honor, support, and build the various gifts and callings that arise from our Alliance to respond to the needs of these, seeking every means available to offer the cup of cold water. We recognize the overlap of passion and heart with other Alliance communities including: COMMUNITY TO END HUNGER; COMMUNITY FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND THEIR FAMILIES; PEACE & JUSTICE COMMUNITY; COMMUNITY OF RECONCILIATION WITH OFFENDERS. We will support each other as possible as we commit to finding ways to serve these whom God loves so dearly. Contact Mary Bradley.

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    A small group of us met around the topic of homelessness at the 2016 convocation in St. Louis. There seemed to be consensus that we would like to support and be part of an ongoing conversation around the issue of homelessness with our greater Alliance family. We explored ways to make this happen, forgetting that we have this forum. I hope we may use this.

    One of our group members expressed interest/desire that we pay attention to the particular hotspots in our various locales around homelessness. That might be staying aware of what decisions are being made by civic groups and city/state/national legislatures. We were open that each of us brought different gifts and passions to this particular topic. I acknowledged that I tend to not get proactive legally, but that I work with the homeless daily in my employment. Others have had personal encounters that inform their interest in this issue. I would hope that we can bring our various gifts and interests together. I know that even the smallest things make a difference.

    I, at least, am open in this forum for ideas and needs. It is my expectation that there will always be one of us that can respond and that as that happens it will multiply.

    I was talking with a woman yesterday who has often said she has been homeless all of her life. she is currently housed but was forthright about the difficulties around housing and that it does not make all things better. She was clear, however, that having a roof over her head begins enough stabilization that she is hopeful of continuing to make progress. It is the little things. It does take time and patience. There are many seeming setbacks and failures. She reminds me to stay the course.

    So, let us keep this conversation going. For those who might want to know where I come from on this: I am the chaplain, substance abuse counselor, therapist, outreach behavioral health specialist working with Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston. This is my passion. I am grateful for my Alliance family.

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