Thursday, November 16, 2006

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

The Church Council of Seattle is sponsoring Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Matt 25:40


This Sunday's theme of "Consecrate Your Blessings" is a perfect opportunity to talk about hunger and homelessness in our world, and how we as individual Christians and as a church can help end these.

What can congregations do?

Congregations are providing critical assistance in ending the problem of homelessness. Here are some examples of what's being done by the many congregations that are faithfully, creatively, and passionately reaching out:
* Providing overnight shelter - congregations work with SHARE, AHA, and other groups to provide hundreds of overnight beds inside their facilities and in tent cities on their property;
* Transitional Housing - Churches work with the Church Council and other providers to bring formerly homeless individuals and families into church-owned properties to help solve homelessness;
* Holding workshops and education forums - congregations educate their constituents by holding workshops that focus on homelessness;
* Endorsing the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County. Fifty-six congregations have signed on so far!
* Providng resource and referral information to people in need - congregations are often the frontline in meeting needs of the homeless and hungry;
* Creating bricks-and-mortar housing facilities - several congregations have built or purchased housing and operate it for the homeless, for low-income seniors, and others;
* Pray for an end to homelessness - and the power of prayer is real!

Check out more at http://www.uwkc.org/awarenessweek/.
Or the King County Coalition for the Homeless information page, here.

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