Two weeks ago, I bought a homeless man a blanket and another homeless man a bowl of hot soup, but it is frightening and dangerous to approach them alone and I can't make a real difference by myself. We're having a very cold winter and people are sleeping on the pavement that I see daily on my way home.
I was praying this morning and asking God what I can do to help make a difference. I don't have much money, I don't have a lot of time and I don't have a good, safe distribution method for approaching the homeless to try to help. But I have a loving heart and I asked God to show me how I could help where the "Rubber Meets the Road" in a legitimate organization that has the resources and distribution system to make a real difference ... right here in our own city.
With Christmas approaching and reading of the North Star that led the wise men to the birth of Jesus, I immediately thought of the Star of Hope. As I researched it, through their purchasing power they can serve a homeless person a meal for $1.92. We can't do that! They can prepare and distribute it. They can send people in to the places to reach those most in need - the ones there is no room for in their own shelters.
They provide meals and blankets, shelter as many as they can, provide counseling and job skills training to help them get on their feet and they work diligently to get them off the streets, out of the shelters and reintegrated into society.
I decided to set a goal of obtaining $250 in donations to the Star of Hope by the end of 2013 through my personal fundraising mission, which I have named, Where Rubber Meets Road.