What happens to a pet when someone is homeless? Well, first of all, more often than not, their pet is all that they have. Many of the homeless shelters are not capable of taking in dogs… and for good reasons-many don’t have their vaccinations up to date, people who are in the shelters may have allergies to dogs and some are afraid of dogs.
We have been blessed with a rescue group that helps us with these situations. When I know of families that have pets, I contact the rescue group, and the dogs are placed in a kennel at an undisclosed location, and if the dogs are smaller, the group has people that will keep the dog until the owner has a place to stay.
Being homeless not only affects the families, it affects the pets as well. Just wanted to post this. It is on my heart.
When helping the less fortunate, there are resources that are available. Many people think that they have to “shoulder the burden” to help those who are in need. Having worked with the less fortunate for more than 20 years, I can say that I finally have a list of resources; however, I hope that the list continues to grow. I really wish that all of the churches, homeless shelter and other organizations could come together and help….it would be incredible. It seems like everybody is doing their own thing, and then the people that we are helping take advantage and go from church to shelters and other organizations to get help, and then some of the people that we are helping, are selling what was given to them on the street. I wish in a perfect world, we could all work together…with all the resources that are available. Just a thought….
Just because we only meet once a month doesn’t mean that we are not aware of the needs of our friends. Just in the past two weeks we have helped a woman who was recently released from prison with clothes because women don’t have a wardrobe when they come out of prison. Another one of our friends who lives under a bridge was in need of undergarments and clothes, and we helped her get clothing. There was a family of five living in a van, and we were contacted (yay) to see what we could do to help them. We filled their van up, encouraged them to fill out housing pre-application forms, so that hopefully they will have housing hopefully by the end of this week. Another couple that moved to Wichita Falls heard about Church Without Walls, and we got to visit with them, and we will help them get their water turned on. There are needs every day that we get to help the people with and encourage and try to empower them. Tomorrow I will be taking one of our friends, that was on the street for many years, but now is at an assisted living facility, to look at dogs because his doctor said he needed one for his anxiety. How cool is that? I get to take him and help him choose a dog!!!! I am so blessed to be able to do this, and I love it. Thank you for reading this! May you have an incredible, God-filled day!
Today is Church Without Walls!!! It is my favorite day of the month!!! I love seeing all of my friends together. But, don’t think for a minute that this is the only time that we minister. We are out on the streets every day meeting the needs of our friends. Church Without Walls has been so blessed, and we are here to serve our friends. Jesus was the example of the greatest servant, and I want to be like him. I love you all, and I thank you that I get to be blessed today especially. Love, Candi
April 7, 2018: UPDATE: You guys rock!!!!!! You all provided this individual with a bed, love seat and a table and four chairs. The client is still in need of a broom, trash can, tv, Swifferjet, a comforter for the new bed and a vacuum. We need pots and pans, cups and glasses. The client could not believe the outpouring….I thank you each of you with all my heart!!!!!
We have an individual that is in desperate need of household items: dishes, pots and pans, sheets, blankets, towels, small love seat/couch, small dining table and a chair or two. Just think if you had nothing…what would you need? Please, please, only gently used or new items. Thank you so much! Candi
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Matthew 25:37-45 – NIV