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Engaging Homelessness

On a single night in the United States in 2019 there were 567,715 people experiencing homelessness. In Dallas County that number is 4,538 people and in Irving that number is in the hundreds. These people, our homeless neighbors, represent a cross-section of America.  They are associated with every region of the country, family status, gender category, and racial/ethnic group.

At Christ Church people are important to us, wherever they are in life. Families and individuals are struggling more than ever during this age of Covid-19 and difficult economic times. We want, where we can, to help people through the tough times in their life. With that in mind, we have multiple opportunities to reach out and help those homeless neighbors in our community.

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN

Engaging Homelessness: Real People, Real Solutions

Monday Evenings, October 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7-8 pm on Zoom. For those with a heart for our homeless neighbors in Irving but who aren’t sure how to help. The study will be led by Dustin Perkins, Director of Programing at Austin Street Center for the homeless in Dallas as well as Chairman of the Dallas Homeless Continuum of Care Assembly and Vice Chairman of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) Board of Directors.

For more information CLICK HERE


Did you miss the live workshop? 

Video Links: Engaging Homelessness: Real Solutions, Real Change

Session 1: What is Homelessness?

Session 2: Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Session 3: 10 Ways to End Homelessness

Session 4: What Can I Do?

More Resources:

YouTube Video Series:

Housing First: Principles into Practice - Five Key Principles  |  By Gwen Haworth

Website:

invisible people.tv Changing the Story of Homelessness

Books:

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion  |  by Gregory Boyle

The Book on Ending Homelessness  |  By Ian De Jong

Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives  |  By Deborah Padgett, Benjamin Harwood, and Sam Tsemberis

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself  |  By Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert  

What do I do when approached by one of our homeless neighbors?   How to Pack a Care Kit

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE:

Families Adopting Families Are you really wanting to make a difference in someone’s life? As we encounter families who are experiencing homelessness our goal is to connect them with other willing and available families who want to help. With building friendships and lasting relationships as the starting point, these “adopting families” help to ensure our families in need are taken care of during these rough times. What does that look like? How do we do that? CLICK HERE to get all of your questions answered.

Many Helping Hands Christ Church partners with many Helping Hands by serving as one of 18 churches preparing and serving dinner for our homeless neighbors quarterly on Thursday nights. For more information on volunteer opportunities with this ministry CLICK HERE

Family Promise is a faith-based, non-profit that assists children and their families who have lost or are at risk of losing their housing. They help by providing food, community resources, and encouragement through a network of volunteers. Christ Church partners with Family Promise several times a year and during those times multiple volunteers’ opportunities are available. For more information on volunteer opportunities with this ministry CLICK HERE

OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTNER WITH US:

I CAN HELP! Are you available to help someone move into a new apartment? How about short-term childcare or tutoring? Can you help with transportation? Can you provide a meal? There are so many ways to help. If you have gifts, abilities or just a little time that could be a help with one of our homeless families in need let us know here, I CAN HELP! We will contact you as needs arise. 

I Have Items to Donate Do you have gently used furniture available to donate to a family. We can’t store the items but if you’re willing to partner was have a number of families that would make good use of your items. Take pictures of the items and then contact Steve Allen HERE. He’ll help find your furniture a good home or be able to connect you with a local non-profit that can.

Currently, Christ Church does not take clothing donations. If you have clothing to donate, please contact Stars and Stripes Bargain Center, 2310 Rock Island Rd. 75060 (972)790-2185

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