Serving the Homeless: Staying Safe

  Staying Safe Serving the Homeless

Welcome to the blog series, Crochet for a CauseIf you don’t crochet, that’s ok!  Sprinkled in between patterns there will be tips on how to serve causes in your community and beyond, and, of course, I’ll be sharing ponderings and real life-ings.  So hang on to your hook!

This month, we’re crocheting for the homeless.

Serving the Homeless: Helpful AND Realistic

Like a crochet pattern for a scarf, our hearts must turn this way and that. 

As we begin to see the homeless a little differently, just a little like us, and as we are moved to help, we need to keep this in mind:

We are to be helpful-hearted, but we’re not to be unrealistic

On rare occasion, people who are homeless present an unsafe situation.

Stay Safe

Here are a few safety tips when serving the homeless on the street – because God loves you, too.

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  • Women, it’s best not to approach a homeless person without male companionship.  This isn’t anti-feminism.  It’s anti-victimization-ism.

 

  • If you feel you must approach, do so in a very well-lighted, very public area. No dark alleys, ladies.  No light ones, either.

 

  • Children alone should not approach homeless people on the street.  Ever.

 

  • If you have your child with you, and you wish to approach a homeless person, hold your child’s hand at all times.  This is as much to help your child feel secure as to send the message I Am the Mama and I Will Protect My Child.

 

  • Do not pull out your wallet or flash cash.

 

  • If you are approached and feel uncomfortable, pull out your cell phone and begin dialing someone.  I have been known to push 9 and 1, with my finger ready for the second 1, if the need arose.

 

Safest Service

Maybe I’m over the top on the safety issues, but my mom always said, “Better safe than sorry.”

Being safe doesn’t mean staying away.

We can be safe and serve the homeless by volunteering with a shelter or recovery program.  There are usually many ways to help:

Going to the Farm

  • Chaperone or photograph outings
  • Teach craft classes
  • Tutor – students in recovery programs are getting their GEDs
  • Serve meals
  • Play a musical instrument at dinnertime
  • Organize a project with your friends, family, work or homeschool group
  • Decorate the building
  • Make baby blankets
  • Provide services, such as carpet cleaning, floor buffing, room cleaning
  • Throw birthday month parties
  • Crochet scarves
  • And so much more!

 

Speaking of scarves … How is yours coming along?

Local Crocheters:  All donated scarves will be delivered to City Rescue Mission.

With each stitch, may our hearts be drawn toward the warmth of the Savior and the compassion He offers.

Stay safe – on the hook and off!

 

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