Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Homeless Women and a Happy Holiday Season Card

There have been alot of changes in my life. I am working toward a weight loss goal of losing 50 lbs. I have already lost 25 of that using Weight Watchers. I have also voluntered and joined the board of a local ministry that opened a temporary shelter for women and children. Unfortunately the location did not work and we have the shelter on hold for the time being. Our hope is to reopen in a permanent location one day. 

It has always been in my heart to do women's ministry and I am finding this is one thing that I feel I need to persue. There are so many women out there who are just struggling to make ends meet. They are not the stereotypical type of people that come to mind or are portrayed on TV when you think of homeless people. Not on drugs or drinking, not law breakers ,not doing anything wrong they just ended up in unfortunate circumstances that lead to them being homeless. More women than you may realize end up living out on the streets, in their cars or jumping from friend to friends house to have a safe place to stay.

The problem is there are shelters for men, women who suffer from domestic violence but there are not very many shelters out there who serve women or women with children who just fell under hard times. I urge you to look up your local Urban Ministries or Google shelters in your state or area to see the number of people they serve a year. You may not think your neighborhood has homeless especially if you live in a small town like I do. I was quickly brought to the light when I volunteered one day. The need is vast and I hope that you will take the time to look up and help your local shelters.  

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