Don't you just enable those that are homeless when you offer them a meal and supplies?
If that's all we did -- just feed them and send them on their way -- then yes, but the crux of the service we provide is not food, blankets or supplies. It is relationships. We as a Mission are called to serve those in greatest need, whether that’s in one of our shelters or out on Search and Rescue. As we seek out our homeless neighbors, we get to know them by name and unique story, and invite them to take steps towards permanent life change. If they do not accept our invitation, that’s okay – we will meet their practical needs so that they can survive the night, know they are loved, and potentially make a different decision tomorrow. As our president, Jeff Lilley, states, “You can’t help someone with their addiction if they are dead.” We are in it for the long haul.