This month, we’re zooming in on homelessness, sharing ways to help, including – but not limited to! – crocheting cozy scarves. But what about money?
Handing a few coins or dollar bills directly to a homeless one seems like the compassionate thing to do. And sometimes the money is used wisely. Sometimes, not so much.
To help the homeless long-term, consider giving directly to a homeless and/or recovery shelter in your area. Let them share your gift in a way that is safe, loving, and very much less likely to feed the problem.
What Else Can We Do?
The homeless on the street need our help. Some won’t go to a shelter until they experience a taste of God’s love for them right where they are. On the street.
First, stay safe. Then serve.
Keep Compassion Bags in Your Car
What’s a Compassion Bag?
A small plastic bag with a bar of soap, a washcloth, tissues or a bandana*, a bottle of water, a package of crackers, maybe even a little homemade gift, and information about your local shelter.
Refer them to two places:
- A local shelter or recovery program.
- The heart of God for them in Jesus Christ. Sharing food and water is good. Food, water, plus an interest in their eternal salvation and knowing God here on earth? Even better!
What to Say When They Accuse
Yes, some will accuse you of not caring. Of not loving them. But there is an answer to their accusation: love in action.
Donate Goods and Services to a Local Shelter or Recovery Program
Share with those who approach that you’ve placed your treasures in God’s hands through a local outreach. Then direct them to that outreach.
If they truly want your help, you’ve already answered their need.
Tell Them About Your Family’s Involvement
Let them know you volunteer hands-on at a local mission.
Families are often welcome to serve in structured activities.
Children are appreciated for their
- hearts of compassion
- their good work ethic
- their mature manners
Not sure your children have those qualities? Teach them the importance with your words. And model it for them in your actions.
More about the homeschool-homeless connection.
Crochet a Scarf
A handmade scarf can be such a comfort, and it’s a lot easier to carry around than a heavy crocheted blanket.
Are you crocheting along?
It’s Never Too Late to Help …
… unless there are no homeless left in your city.
In that case, send your scarves to ours.
We have plenty.
REALITY CHECK: As I write this, I am coughing with a chest cold and it is very very cold outside. Can you imagine having a cold and living on the streets? My husband mentioned last night that the mission’s cafeteria now has temporary beds laid out because “people die out there in temperatures like this.”