We are past Halloween, the candy and costumes and all the fun activities and festivals that happened. November in Michigan gets pretty cold and it is the time we gather the crops and give thanks for the harvests we have reaped. Some people, however, have no “harvest”. They may not even have a place of their own to share a harvest. Shiawassee County contains many under served and underprivileged people, young and old. Thankfully, The Homeless Angels are in the final stages of building a permanent shelter in Owosso to help with the homeless population. Capital Area Community Services is a wealth of information and help to those who find themselves in situations of poverty, homelessness or hunger. Safe Center in Owosso provides shelter to those who suffer from domestic violence. Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry of Durand opens it’s doors at the Vernon United Methodist Church every week on Wednesday’s to offer food to those in the greater Durand area. There are more resources not listed here which include many great people with servants hearts and organizations that work together to help those who need it most.
What else is needed?
What can you do? What can we do? “But if a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care-how can the love of God remain in him? Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with actions and truth.” 1 John 3:17-18. November is Homeless Awareness Month. The Crossing FMC exists to connect people’s stories with the life-giving, life-changing Story of Jesus Christ. That connection includes providing for and resourcing people who have hit a rut in their road, sometimes even a great hole. We have started the process of turning our parsonage into temporary, emergency housing for a single person or family. We have aptly named it “House of Hope”, in that when a person or people enter, they can realize this is a place where hope resides and they are not alone. We still have a ways to go before it is a reality, but with some elbow grease, and donations from those who are able and willing, we can get this project going in time for this coming winter weather. If you would like more information on how you can help or just have questions, please send an email to email@example.com. I would love to hear from you!!