One of the biggest challenges of being unhoused during these times is finding a place to rest, as well as accessing basic services. This puts increased stress on our unsheltered friends and neighbors. Under usual circumstances, it’s possible to check email or Indeed job responses at one of our public libraries, or to get a cup of coffee at McDonald’s. But right now, as was often the case with Jesus, many of our unsheltered friends and neighbors have nowhere to go (“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head,” Luke 9:58). All of this increases the stress level of what is already a very stressful time.
With this in mind, local communities of faith are planning ways to open daytime drop in centers for our unsheltered friends and neighbors, open from approximately 11am to 6pm, serving lunch and dinner (similar to the sack lunches currently being distributed). Each location would be limited in capacity, due to necessary shelter in place mandates. This will allow our unhoused friends to not only break bread together, but to access important services like:
- Consumer Credit Counseling Services
- Tax Filing
- Online recovery meetings (e.g., AA)
- Connections with NAMI
- Shower and change of clothes
- Several other items deemed essential
Brentwood has been asked to be part of this effort. Sites will rotate and will offer different services; our days of availability will be dependent on our number of volunteers. If you would like to be part of this effort, we are primarily looking for volunteers to help with:
- Tax Filing
- Meal distribution
- Volunteer shifts during the day
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-881-0144 to let us know how you’d like to volunteer — and thanks in advance!