Outreach to the homeless involves moving outside the walls of the church to engage with people experiencing homelessness who may be disconnected and alienated not only from mainstream services and supports, but from the services targeting homeless persons as well.
This is very important work designed to help establish supportive relationships, give people advice and support, and hopefully enhance the possibility that they will access necessary services and supports that will help them move off the streets.
Outreach programs help reach people who otherwise can’t be found. There are many people on the streets who, for one reason or another, do not want to enter a shelter or program.
We go out during the cold, before, during, after storms offering any assistance we can, driving around with food and essential items like clothing, shoes, and blankets.
Outreach is not limited to the visibly homeless. We make an effort to connect with ‘couch surfers’, and to get into institutional settings where people may be housed, but are still at risk.