I want to help the homeless

Do you want to help make a difference in the lives of homeless men, women and children?

The problems that led up to this didn’t happen overnight and a solution isn’t going to be quick. A quick fix, a short conversation and prayer and a blanket or even a meal isn’t going to change someone’s situation. These are necessary and helpful but real life change is not quick or easy. Someone living with extreme disfunction, disease, addiction and pain need a holistic system of care. You play an important role in this care and you CAN make a different in someone’s life. Here are a few quick thoughts and ideas to help you help others:

  • There is hope. You are not alone in helping people. Groups of people (like OurCalling and others) want to help you in helping the homeless. There is no reason to start something new, rather to find out how to partner and maybe volunteer with other groups that are already serving in this area.
  • God is our source of strength. Sometimes we get tired and discouraged and we need to rely on His strength to go farther and help more than we are capable on our own. Jesus said in Acts 1 that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.”
  • Don’t try to do everything yourself. You can’t provide for every need nor should you.

We would love to talk to you and help you make the best decisions and think through all of the options. Please call (214-444-8796), email or visit us (500 S. Haskell Dallas, TX 75223).

For your safety and success in helping others:

  • Don’t give money. Sometimes a quick fix prolongs the real issue and causes collateral damage. Most cash will not go to the intended need and you cannot divorce your responsibility for what is done with your money.
  • Maintain safe boundaries. You can’t invite the dysfunction in someone’s life into yours. Safety should always we a concern and you should try to minister to people of your same gender to avoid miscommunication.
  • Don’t let someone own you. Sometimes drowning victims will pull their rescuers under the water. You must maintain forward momentum with someone so they don’t pull you down. You must setup goals for the person you are helping and be willing to back away if they are unwilling to meet goals. But change is hard. If they could change without you, you wouldn’t be reading this.

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