3.5 million homeless
When you meet a homeless person
You meet a homeless person and you want to help. Where do you start?
- Make eye contact and smile. One of the most painfull aspects of life on the streets is that everyone looks the other way. Respect the diginoty of this person who is made in the image of God — it might be Jesus in disguise (Matt 25v40).
- Give supplies rather than money, Offer the person food or a water bottle or a gift card to a restaurant that does not serve alcohol. Some people store a goodie bag in their car with non-perishable food, socks and basic hygiene supplies.
- Connect the person with local resources. Give them the number for Compassionate Hands — 615.784.9897. We'll host them during the winter and connect them with resources year-round.
- Pray. Ask the person if they have prayer needs. AND ask them to pray for your life as well — you might be surprised how God blesses you through this encounter.
“Homeless. Hungry. God bless.” Do you look away or hand over cash?
So much good has occurred. God has blessed our work – protecting us from serious mistakes and providing everything we need, but we see signs of slippage. Even though 2017-18 was a successful season, we started the year lacking shelters (17 out of 21), we shuffled registrars at mid-year, and there were bus issues several nights. Plus, we saw the same guests staying multiple nights without taking steps to improve. We care about our guests so we want to help them find stable housing. We can do better, and now is the time to start.read more
3.5 million people homeless
There are currently 3.5 million people that experience homelessness in a given year in the United States alone.
600,000 homeless every night
Almost 600,000 men, women, and children are homeless each night in the United States.
Over 8,000 people a night experience homelessness in Tennessee
Each and every night somewhere in the state of Tennessee 8,000+ people will experience homelessness.
Over 100 people in Compassionate Hands shelters last winter
In 2017-18, 79 men and 22 women spent at least one night in a Compassionate Hands shelter.
As long as poverty persist, we all have a job to do. It doesn't take much to change a life. Get in touch today and start making a difference.