Our work at the Timberlake Outreach Center is PREVENTION; helping our clients, who are the working poor and near homeless, while they are in extreme crisis. We do this by providing them with food, clothing, diapers, household items, and furniture. All of these items are given free with the hope they can take the money they may otherwise have spent on these things and use it toward paying their rent or utility bills. This helps them stay in their homes and enables them to receive basic needs they would not otherwise be able to purchase.
The suprising thing about poverty and homelessness is that the average age of a homeless person now is only nine. Yes, it is children living in crises as their parents struggle to survive. Yesterday, during King’s Kloset, I spoke with two mothers who shared how Open Door Mission has helped their families get through these tough economic times. What follows are their comments and pictures.
Monique, mother of four, said shopping here has helped her cloth her children and receive household items she would not otherwise be able to purchase. They said they love to go to the toy area—not only to get something for themselves, but also for a brother and sister unable to join them and their mom today.
Tara is a working mother of four who said she didn’t have enough money to purchase the diapers and clothes her children need, so she was grateful to be able to shop here once a month. She also said the food pantries help supplement her grocery budget. Tara is planning on attending Metro this fall with the goal of becoming a Dental Assistant in future.
These stories are just two among hundreds whose lives are being changed through the work God is doing at Open Door Mission. We are grateful to all our donors, volunteers, resource people and staff, who have partnered with us to help change lives—one person at a time. We could not do it without you.
By the way, if anyone has small children’s hangers you no longer need, would you PLEASE bring them to Timberlake Outreach Center? We have great need of them.
Joyfully serving Jesus,
Director of the Timberlake Outreach Center