December 11, 2013
The holiday season is a time to share our gifts of friendship and thoughtful treats. It’s also a great time to involve our children and help them understand the challenges that many face.
Can you make it on $1,000/month? I invite you to take the challenge through SPENT, an online game used to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness that was created by Urban Ministries of Durham. I must admit, I didn’t make it past day 10. Give it a try and let me know how well you do!
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SEARCH Homeless Services
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By Cindy Holloway
Being so grateful for all that God has given me, I have always had a heart for those Jesus identified in Matthew 25:33-40 as the least of these brothers: those in need of food, clothing, companionship, and compassion. Back in 2009, having just completed a board position with one of our local mission partners, I was looking for a new place to serve. Although I didn’t know it at the time, Gilly Brooks, who’d relocated to Houston from Perth, Australia, had felt “a heavenly nudge” to reach out to the homeless population in her new city. So when MDPC’s Outreach Ministries posted an article asking for volunteers to work with their long-time mission partner SEARCH Homeless Services, we both recognized it as the opportunity the Lord was providing for us.
John & Sue Goott with daughter, Candice Frank & Granddaughter, Kayla Frank
Grandparents, make a huge impact on the lives of grandchildren. Through hands on experiences, meaningful conversation or by just hanging out together, you pass on your own values and learn about those coveted by the next generation. These interactions ensure your legacy lives on. Continue reading
Eva Thibaudeau, LCSW -Engagement Services, Program Manager
The homelessness topic can be frightening to young children and intimidating for parents to explain. We see people on the streets, they may be dirty and many have serious mental illness. We struggle, ourselves, to understand what to do. Yet, we need to respond to our children’s questions about what they see, because we want to teach them that it is not alright to look past other human being’s suffering. Continue reading
Wendy Moore, LCSW -Stabilization Services, Program Manager
What do average Houston drivers keep in the backseat of their cars? Pens and change lodged in the seats, circulars you fully intent to read, a car seat, your jogging shoes and yoga mat, or a pet’s chew toy. While your car’s backseat can be the home for random and forgotten items, it can also be the keeper of hope.
Heather Muller, Adult Learning Center and Employment Services, Program Manager
Homelessness is a difficult topic, one which most people will try to avoid when possible. However, when it comes to answering the questions that our children ask us, avoiding the topic can contribute to confusion and a lack of understanding around the issue of homelessness in our community. Being open and honest with children about things like; where people who are homeless sleep and what they eat, is important in building both understanding of the issue and greater empathy. While keeping the conversation age appropriate is important, the message your child gets is the key.
Mitzi Bartlett, House of Tiny Treasures Program Manager
When you talk to a child about homeless individuals it is important to remember their developmental stage of understanding. Children ages two to seven are in the pre-operational stage according to Piaget.
Houston released its most recent homeless figures. The numbers come from a “boots on the ground” count, coordinated by a group of organizations under the umbrella of the Coalition for the Homeless.