Candace recently asked me to transfer to the Timberlake Outreach Center as a Community Case Manager. My major area of responsibility is to provide Christ-centered case management to low-income families and single individuals from the community who are in need of furniture and appliances. A mouthful right? Basically, I meet with people who come to the Timberlake Outreach Center, and visit with them to access their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. I then offer to pray for them, and help pick out furniture, appliances or electronics and assist with loading their vehicle.
Although I have only been doing this for a week or so, I have learned quickly that there is great need in our community, but also, that God’s blessings are abundant. On any given month, between 5,000 to 7,000 people come to the Timberlake Outreach Center. It is a great joy for me when we have everything a client needs to be able to share God’s provision with them for free. Some items are always in short supply, including washer and dryers, refrigerators and beds.
Today, I was working with a lady who needed beds. It was the middle of the afternoon, and I had already served several families before her. She had waited for at least an hour to meet with me and I simply did not have any toddler or queen-sized beds to give her. She was kind and accepted a toddler mattress, but I felt bad that I was not able to find a bed frame to go with it. She had been shopping for clothing when I called her name, so she said she needed to finish picking out clothes and thanked me.
Not more than 5 minutes later, I came out of my office to see our receptionist leading someone I recognized in my direction. To protect the innocent, let’s just say he is a very influential member of the steering committee for the Rebuilding Lives Campaign. He was concerned because he had dropped off a toddler bed over the weekend, but had forgotten a crucial part of the bed, and was worried we may have already discarded it. My faithful volunteer, Will, was right there and said he had saved the bed in case we found the rest of it and knew exactly where it was. I happily informed my distinguished visitor that I had just been working with someone in need of a toddler bed, and that she was very likely to still be shopping the aisles.
You should have seen the look on this client’s face as I was placing the now complete toddler bed parts in the back of her truck! God is awesome and I want everyone who reads this to know that this is not just a freak occurrence at the Timberlake Outreach Center. It happens very often, and I am thankful to be a part of this ministry. The next time you are trying to decide what to do with some “previously enjoyed” furniture or appliances, please consider delivering the items to Open Door Mission’s receiving area, or call 402-422-1111, ext. 1517 and talk to Amy.
Community Case Manager