Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
We are nearing the end of my blog Series “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness With 60 Tips, Action Steps and Practical Ways to Make it Happen!”. In this edititon, I want to talk about volunteerism. Albert Einstein, a genius in all regards, stated, “Only a life lived for others is worth living.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”’ The Apostle Paul told his disciples, “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35.
This idea of serving others and putting them ahead of ourselves is modeled daily at the shelters of Wichita Falls Faith Mission. For over three years, Nurse Claudine has greeted the homeless with a smile and warm heart every Thursday at the clinic located at Faith Mission. The most powerful things she does is listen to them and offer them words of encouragement. Claudine then helps meet their physical needs, just as Christ set the example for us to do. She is changing our world one smile, one band-aid, and one prayer at a time.
Not only does Claudine help at the clinic, but she is an advocate for the hurting and homeless in our community. Her job as a nurse at United Regional Hospital enables her to tell others about our women’s and children’s shelter, Faith Refuge, as well as our men’s and families’ shelter, Faith Mission. Another great resource she brings is her connection to the hospital. She has recruited her colleagues to join her on several occasions. I am thankful for the generous, giving spirit of Claudine and countless other volunteers who give their time and resources to help the hurting and the homeless.
Volunteers are vital to the life of Wichita Falls Faith Mission as well as many other ministries and agencies in our area. There is absolutely no way our staff could meet the physical needs of all the men, women, and children who enter our doors, let alone meet their spiritual needs. I cannot express my gratitude enough to all the volunteers who serve at the different ministries in Texoma so that our neighbors might live better lives.
Here are some practical ways you might volunteer at a homeless shelter. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you want more information call 940-723-5663 or visit our volunteer page for the application.
- Serve a meal or prepare and serve a meal
- Provide safe transportation to different agency appointments for our clients
- Implement a drive for food, clothing or other items
- Help at the resale store
- Teach in chapel or Bible study
- Teach a class in a job readiness program