Friday, June 23, 2017

I left part of my heart in Philly...

It's a tale where I'm torn by 2 cities but know for sure where I'm to be (Pittsburgh).

It's a tale of transformation for this ministry (from Aramingo Ave. to greater Philly).

It's a tale that I've been watching unfold for a while now and I think I'm finally ready to share it with you.

Previously I'd posted about how Pittsburgh "hides" their homeless and yet this is where I call home, but my heart is still with the homeless in Philly where the need is so evident they'll never be able to hide it. Over the past couple of weeks, I've been taking note of this, thinking, praying, and deciding that my efforts (even from afar) need to remain focused there. Fortunately, I have some great friends in ministry there who have hearts of gold and who I know want to make a difference in a city they can call home. (Let's leave my personal biases and why I can't live there out of this ;) So, Cherished Angels is NOT dead, it's finally being resurrected and here's how...

Organizations that I know, trust, and love... and you can too, include:

The Sunday LOVE Project
Angels in Motion (serving Aramingo Ave. ;)
One Love South Jersey
Salvation of Sorrows
Friends of Fairview Give Back

Of course, I can't be there to help them, but what I can and will be doing...
1. Margaux has a lot on her hands, feeding the homeless daily. I know she enjoys including a little note in the lunch bags she hands out in Kensington so I'll be sending notes to LOVE to give out to remind the homeless to keep their chins up, someone cares about them.
2. Angels in Motion make these awesome sleeping mats out of plarn for the homeless to sleep on. I'll be lending them a hand in the plarn making process (LOL) 
3. Sending old clothes and blankets to Friends of Fairview Give Back. Instead of giving these things to local thrift stores I'll just box them up and send them there :)

I still need to talk to Salvation of Sorrows but Abbie is working on getting a shower bus up and running. She's already got a mobile haircutting bus. Hopefully, when she gets the shower going I'll be making and supplying her with homemade soap.

I also need to talk to Mike at One Love South Jersey to find a way of helping him. I know he does a lot of different things. I'm wondering about whether the Ronald McDonald house there could use some encouraging pictures that could be used for placemats, hanging on the walls, etc. I know this isn't "homeless ministry" but knowing Mike does so much to help the homeless and this is a cause near and dear to his heart makes this one worthwhile.

So, as you can see, Cherished Angels is transforming, but hopefully in and by doing so it will be an organization that can help more people. I hope you'll hang on tight and enjoy the ride with me. Next stop... Pittsburgh. I'm sure there's something I can do here, I just haven't figured out what yet since ministering in the shelters themselves isn't where my heart or this ministry are meant to be.

1 comment:

  1. May God help all the effected people of Philly. You are doing great job even you are not physically present there in philly but your efforts are so much appreciable.